Katalysis have now delivered the proof of concept for the initiative. The proof of concept is an implementation of the blockchain backend on which the initiative will store peer review data.
The system takes data from editorial systems and processes it into two streams:
- One stream populates a reviewer’s ORCID profile.
- The other stream stores obscured data and relationships between data entities describing a review event.
The data stored in the blockchain retains the full anonymity of the reviewer’s identity while allowing a reviewer to prove algorithmically that they have performed the review.
The next steps will be to seed the system with data from more journals, allowing us to further demonstrate data querying capabilities across multiple journals, or even multiple publisher sources. We will share some of these outcomes in a few months.