TRue transparency

Our Mission

At Referee, we are driven by the mission to transform the research evaluation system fundamentally. Our innovative approach applies a universal reliability score to papers to enhance transparency, efficiency, and accountability in the review process. By prioritizing results over effort, our system incentivizes deep, focused scrutiny of research, ensuring that published works are both reliable and valid. We aim to democratize access to the peer review process, allowing a diverse range of contributors to participate and be rewarded for uncovering research inaccuracies. Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of academic publications globally, making reliable research accessible and influential in shaping future advancements.

Support US

Referee needs financial support for operations and talent. We are an initiative of The Alethea Foundation, registered as a non-profit stichting in the Netherlands.

Our People

Erik Schneider – Founder

Erik has an eclectic background spanning finance, cybersecurity, and insider risk. He is the executive director of the Referee Project. A KPMG and Signpost Six alumnus, he holds a BA in history from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Vanderbilt University, and an MS in computer science from Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. In addition to his commercial projects, Erik is a board member of Maxim Nyansa Ghana, an NGO creating IT opportunities in Africa.

Surabhi Gawde

Surabhi is a seasoned strategic advisor at CIO level with a 16-year career lattice spanning across leading consultancies, banking, and technology firms. She has been start-up mentor at Stanford Graduate Business School´s LEAD program’s incubator, is a Member of the National Emerging Technologies Council at WICCI (Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), and is associated to She is a computer engineer and MBA by education.

Jonas Engelhardt

Jonas has a B.A.Sc. in Environmental Management from JLU Giessen where his research has been published in Bioinformatics. He is a consultant for technology innovation at Capgemini Invent and serves as an elector and mentor for the MINA Protocol. He received a grant from the Aleo Foundation for developing

Dr. Marcus Thomas

Dr. Thomas is a computational scientist working as a postdoctoral fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. His work at the intersection of immuno-oncology, computer science and statistical physics aims to improve the computational pipelines used to create personalized tumor vaccines for cancer patients in clinical trials.


Dr. Tim Peterson

Dr. Peterson is a MIT and Harvard-trained longevity and crypto entrepreneur. Previously WashU faculty until co-initiating VitaDAO and co-founding Healthspan, and BIOIO, which are organizations devoted to developing longevity therapeutics.

Our Advisors

Our advisors bring a wealth of research and technical expertise to the project. They are instrumental in building the common enumeration of research weaknesses and reliability score.