During a quick scan this morning of the “recent” comments on Pubpeer, an activity that I pursue regularly, as part of my reading, there seemed to be a lot more author responses. So I counted.
70 articles featured with comments.
10 of these had an author response.
This is progress. I have no data, but my impression is that a year ago author comments were far rarer, maybe 1% or thereabouts. Now we are at 14%. Let’s hope this is not an anomaly, but a trend, and maybe in a few years papers without author responses will be in the minority.
Regardless of arguments about anonymity, etc., post publication peer review is growing, which is a sign of health in the scientific enterprise.