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    Date submitted
  • 02-Apr-2018

Open Sourced Peer Review Repository


My group consists of 4 fellow students who plan to make an online repository of peer-reviewed journals, articles, and publications that are currently in the process of production. The scope of our project will first be confined with a few University of Utah professors who will work as advisors and provide input into a web application that can be useful and beneficial to academic studies. We eventually want to expand our outreach after trial runs with these professors to streamline a larger web and multiple campus presence. There are many online databases for published peer-reviewed research, however, there is not a strong open sourced hub for students and professors to post research in progress. We believe that open sourcing research can help motivate and boost academic insight by allowing people from around the globe to proof-read and provide insight on others work.

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Who is your customer?

We will have a multifaceted web presence which will be useful for university research from undergraduate studies up to post-graduate and doctoral work. By creating an open sourced portal for academic studies to thrive we hope to open our target audience to all that wish to further academic studies. Proper credentials and parameters will be put into place to ensure a beneficial experience for all that use our application.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Publicly funded universities have received some scrutiny over the past decades over the transparency of research and how publicly funded grants are being allocated. By open sourcing and providing public awareness of university research, we hope to alleviate the pressure put on academic studies. We want to create a portal where professors can direct their students to post their work, collaborate, and eventually grade their work, which otherwise is confined to archaic paper grading techniques. Another problem we wish to fix is the lack of collaboration between academic communities and universities. We believe that those doing research would benefit by having a space where they can contribute and receive feedback on work that others are also working on but may live and are based in other parts of the globe.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

On a micro level this website would be a great space for professors to communicate, collaborate, and streamline their classes. They would be able to comment on students works in progress and provide feedback before completion of research. On a macro level this would provide a space for academics to gain the accreditation and feedback needed to publish and push research. Education is moving towards open sourced collaborations and we see on a global level how this can benefit more people as time progresses. There is no other site that facilitates this type of academic progress and we want to be at the forefront of this movement.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

We are fortunate to have a cohort outside our group that can assist and help build the infrastructure of this project. The scope of our project is small at first. We know that streamlining this product will involve the assistance of professors input. Many online peer reviewed journal websites require payment and are limited to universities that provide the services to their students. We are making the bridge that will make open sourced information accessible and free. Our global society is moving in this direction and we could be the first to open up this market and make real change in how we further academic research. This gives us a substantial advantage to complete this project.