SDI introduced Post-publication peer review by its comment section

SDI journals encourage Post-publication peer review by its comment section


Policy details are available below


1. SDI journal Web sites provide the ability for users to comment on articles to facilitate community evaluation and discourse around published articles. Comment section is mainly dedicated to promote “Post-publication peer review”. Therefore, all SDI journals strictly follow ‘pre-publication OPEN peer review’ and strongly encourage “Post-publication peer review”. As a result of this “Post-publication peer review”, if authors agree and or journal Editors agree (and or SDI agrees) that any correction is necessary, then it will be published FREE of cost by following SDI Correction and retraction policy (

2. Users, who want to comment, are encouraged to register in SDI website ( But if anybody doesn’t want to register, we’ll respect the decision. In order to honour ‘free flow of thoughts’ unregistered user are also welcome to comment. Social login is also encouraged.

3. At the end of every comment, user must identify himself/herself by providing the following information 1. Full Name 2. Name of the Department, University, institute, etc. (These two information will be displayed publicly). We don’t like ‘anonymous’ comments. Comments with ‘forged identity’ will be deleted.

4. Comments should be used to make additions or clarifications, identify and link to material, and are designed to lead to discussions concerning the content, conclusions, and consequences of a specific article.

5. Be respectful, and do not attack the author or other commenter. Take on the idea, not the messenger. Don’t use obscene, profane, vulgar, illegal, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, pornographic, or offensive language or content; or that infringes another’s rights, including any intellectual property rights. Language that is insulting, inflammatory, or obscene will not be tolerated. Unsupported assertions or statements should be avoided. Comments must be evidence-based, not authority-based. When previously published studies are cited, they must be accurately referenced and, where possible, a DOI and link to a publicly accessible version supplied. Unpublished data should be provided with sufficient methodological detail for those data to be assessed. Alternatively, a permanent Web link to such information should be provided. Arguments based on belief are to be avoided. Discussions should be confined to the demonstrable content of articles and should avoid speculation about the motivations or prejudices of authors. Questions about experimental data are appropriate, but need to phrased in a way that does not imply any misconduct on the part of the authors. If a reader is concerned about potential misconduct, such concerns must always be raised with senior editorial staff at SDI ( All contributions must conform to the norms of civilized scientific discussion. Any contributions that do not meet these standards will be removed. Any users who consistently transgress these conventions may be banned. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

6. SDI advises that Comments are first written in a word-processing program that allows for spell checking before they are copied and pasted into the Comment field. When you are satisfied with the text, click “Post” to attach the Comment to the article.

7. Two kinds of Corrections are encouraged to be posted to an article: Minor Corrections and Major Corrections. Minor Corrections indicate small errors and clarifications to the article, whereas Major Corrections are reserved for errors that significantly affect the utility or understanding of the article. In both cases, the decision to indicate a posting as a Minor or Major Correction is the responsibility of SDI staff.

8. Authors or interested parties are encouraged to respond to a Comment or Correction.

9. All comments are ‘moderated’. SDI is the final arbiter of the suitability of content for inclusion in SDI web sites.

10. We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please let us know ( Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate. SDI reserves the right to suspend the privileges of any user.


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