Rubriq adds Sound Research Stamps


Rubriq is excited to announce the addition of Sound Research Stamps to our scorecards. These stamps are based on direct responses from the reviewers that have evaluated the manuscript and allow authors and journal editors to know when a manuscript meets the standards of sound research. These stamps help provide even more context and clarity to the detailed feedback that the reviewers provide through the Rubriq Scorecard.

New Rubriq Sound Research Stamp creates additional publication options for researchers

December 2014, Durham, North Carolina

In 2012 Research Square launched Rubriq, a peer review that is fast, objective, and portable, to better enable researchers to meet their publication goals. Since its launch, Rubriq has performed over 2,000 peer reviews, much more than most journals would perform over that time period. The new Rubriq Sound Research Stamp represents another step toward a better model for publishing verified research results to maximize speed and impact. With the launch of the Sound Research Stamp, Rubriq is able to certify that a research article is fundamentally sound and suitable for publication. This feature gives researchers a quick path to sharing their results in a sound science journal and enables a future where self-publication is standard practice.

Rubriq’s independent process helps researchers by creating a standard format and scoring system for reviews, allowing them to bypass the traditional and time-consuming process of moving from journal to journal.

‘By decoupling validation from the publication process and creating a standardized peer review methodology, we give researchers more options to disseminate their work and, more importantly, more time to focus on their next discovery,’ said Shashi Mudunuri, CEO of Research Square. ‘The Sound Research Stamp enables researchers to more quickly share their results through a variety of channels. Savvy journal editors will offer streamlined publication paths to attract researchers that have the Sound Research Stamp, and we are happy to facilitate those connections.’

Rubriq scorecards already provide comprehensive feedback on research that has been thoroughly and independently peer reviewed. Now, the Sound Research Stamp will enable editors and researchers to immediately see whether the research is ready for publication in a sound science journal. The service is launching with two different stamps.

Sound Research Certified is for work that the reviewers believe could be published with minor revisions, or even exactly as it is.

Sound Research Potential is for articles that reviewers believe will be publishable but will require some larger issues to be addressed before publication.

‘Good peer review should create an in-depth, thoughtful response to the work,’ said Jody Plank, the Product Manager for Rubriq, ‘and Rubriq scorecards contain a wealth of information. But there’s also a need, particularly in open access publishing, for a clear assessment of the work. The stamps will give both researchers and editors an immediate indication of whether the article is suitable for publication.’

Crucially, the stamps make no judgment as to the importance of the work; that is for the wider scientific community to assess. Instead, the stamp indicates that the manuscript represents methodologically sound research with publication-quality presentation.

Rubriq has created the stamps as a direct response to the needs of open access publishers, who require a streamlined peer review system but are also looking to maintain high quality in their published works. Sound Research Stamps are a simple, concise statement of the quality of a manuscript for journals that publish technically sound research regardless of novelty.


About Research Square

Research Square is a for-benefit company that is focused on helping researchers succeed by creating tools and services that improve scientific communication. Through the AJE, Rubriq, and JournalGuide brands, Research Square provides a complete solution for authors who are preparing a manuscript for publication. To learn more about Research Square, visit More information is available about Rubriq and the Sound Research Stamp at

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