Peer Review has been in the news a lot this month because of Peer Review Week and the Eighth International Peer Review Congress. Here is a sampling to get you started if you are interested in this topic:
- Journals Peer Review: Past, Present, Future and Seven Things I Learned at the Eighth International Peer Review Congress [Scholarly Kitchen posts by Alice Meadows]
- Many of the talks from the Peer Review Congress are available on YouTube.
- Peer review week 2017 yielded many webinars, blog posts, reports and people thinking about peer review. The site links to much more than I’ve been able to read.
- What are researchers’ expectations and experiences of the peer review process?, summarizing findings from a white paper, Peer Review, a Global View from 2016.
- Revision available: COPE Council. Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers. September 2017. www.publicationethics.org [I find the models of peer review chart especially useful.] Discussed in Addressing ethical issues in peer review – new guidelines available from COPE on LSE Impact Blog.
- Analysis of Peer Review Cases Brought to Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) From 1997-2016; related Searchable Database of COPE Cases (1997- )
“Predatory” journals relate to peer review because one major problem with them is lack of adequate peer review. There are other problems too of course. This article in Nature is interesting I think: Stop this waste of people, animals and money. Moher D, et al. 549(7670):23-25. doi: 10.1038/549023a. The article is discussed in this Retraction Watch post: Predatory journals: Not just a problem in developing world countries, says new Nature paper with many comments.
How-to-do-peer-review training is beginning to get attention too:
- Nature Research launches free online peer review training, delivered by editors; the class is Focus on peer review and it’s free to access with registration.
- Publons Academy
- American Chemical Society (ACS) reviewer lab, although designed for chemists, other scholars are welcome to register and go through the course
- Trial peer review mentoring from Methods in Ecology and Evolution and British Ecological Society Quantitative Ecology Special Interest Group, October 2017 until April 2018, focus will be on statistical ecology: Learn to be a Reviewer: Peer Reviewer Mentoring Scheme
I’ve heard about other scholarly societies planning similar courses in their disciplines.
More preprints announcements this month in addition to coming up often in the peer review discussions (see above). Also in Science published a Feature article: The preprint dilemma, by Jocelyn Kaiser [Vol. 357, Issue 6358, pp. 1344-1349 DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6358.1344]
- Economics now has its own section of arXiv: Annoucement of new Economics (econ) archive
- Earth sciences has TWO in process: Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr) [More info] and EarthArXiv, to be launched next month on OSF Preprints. This is discussed in Science, Dueling preprint servers coming for the geosciences.
- arXiv Announces Launch of EESS (Electrical Engineering and Systems Science) Archive
- MedArXiv?; Plan for new medical preprint server receives a mixed response