Aspiring scientists are curious – and not just about what’s in the beaker or in the reams of data. At the outset of promising careers, the laboratories and mentors can either be a vital stepping stone – or a kind of hurdle to overcome. 

A new website proposes to be a kind of “Rate My Scientist” – where searching young minds can find out beforehand about ethics, behavior, integrity, and style of scientists before they commit years to a particular laboratory.

QCist wants to put the “quality control” in the process of starting careers, according to the site.

“Our hope is that this platform will be used to improve scientific accountability across the board,” the siterunners state.

The creators are either doctoral graduates, postdoctoral fellows or other academics who have recent experience with the same process, they mention.

The site is built around the same concept of sites like “Rate my Professor” and others, which allow students to review their teachers.

The QCist founders said they had concerns with some of the science world’s inner workings, which prompted the creation of the site. Mentors can overwork their personnel, purposely fabricate data, or otherwise cheat their way to funding. At the same time, some deserving scientists never get the trainees to keep funding their work.

“We built this website for everyone who deeply cares about scientific research – for everyone who is searching for the best mentors to learn from in order to successfully contribute to our fascinating world,” they stated.

Reviews can be posted anonymously. The site is free to use. However, to read full reviews beyond just the numerical ratings, users have to upgrade their memberships – either by inviting other colleagues to join or pay an annual subscription rate of $39.50.

The QCist debut was first reported by Retraction Watch, which featured an interview with founder Qien-Chen Yong.