Dr Lachlan Coin, prominent academic and successful applicant to ilab’s latest Germinate startup program talks about his startup Academic Karma, and looks for academic beta testers to help out.
“After many years of frustration with the timeliness and efficiency of the academic peer-review process, I decided to build and launch a new system to tackle the problem, called Academic Karma. If we can cut the review time for the over one million academic articles reviewed each year globally, we can generate enormous benefits by reducing the time gap from research to subsequent real life application and accelerating research collaborations.
“Essentially Academic Karma is a service where academics can peer review for any journal. It is like a ‘club’ of scientists who believe that peer-review needn’t take months or even years, and are willing to carry out fast peer-review and have their manuscripts peer-reviewed fast in return without any impact on review integrity.
“As part of the ilab Germinate program, I joined forces with a guru technical co-founder, Louis Stowasser, and we have been successful in rolling out a beta product in rapid time.
“We are now looking for peer-review beta-testers to use the website and to give us feedback on the concept, its usability and to help identify any stray bugs. We obviously believe that Academic Karma has great potential and want our initial users to help fine tune it.
“So, if any academic has peer-review to do, it would be great if you could try out our system at www.academickarma.org ! We are also looking for editors to beta-test the process from a journal point of view.
“We have tried to anticipate questions and have a FAQ page. If you need more information or have questions, then please email me at email@example.com
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