Peer reviews and preprints news and notes, Sept. 2017

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:

“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:

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]

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Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: rlewis@wustl.edu Phone: 314-935-4819