Research Authors October 8th, 2015

Starting something new – the beginnings of peer review of data

Peer review is widely considered to be the best way to check the validity and correctness of a piece of published research. It’s unsurprising then, that there is a drive to apply the principles of peer review to other research outputs, such as software, workflows, and of course data. I won’t be saying anything revolutionary…

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Societies Research Authors October 2nd, 2015

The good, the challenging, and the rewarding: perspectives on peer review by discipline

Our last post during Peer Review Week brings a variety of perspectives. Five editors and managing editors share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in their respective fields: humanities, and the health, life, physical, and social sciences. Twelve others tell us in the video below what they believe are the most important outcomes of…

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Societies Research Authors October 1st, 2015

Top tips for peer reviewers

Early career researchers tell us that it can be hard to know where to begin when you first start reviewing. Many publishers and organizations are now offering webinars, or resources to give reviewers some key pointers. There are some great resources available including our own reviewer resource center and the Nuts and Bolts of Peer…

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Societies Research Libraries Authors September 30th, 2015

Peer review around the world

We talk a lot about peer review in the scholarly communications world. Many of us – and our organizations – are working to improve both the process and the experience for researchers, which has led to a significant increase in the range of options available, especially – but not exclusively – for reviewing journal articles.…

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Societies Research Libraries Authors September 29th, 2015

Peer review – a discussion

To celebrate Peer Review Week, representatives from ORCID, ScienceOpen, Sense About Science, and Wiley got together (virtually) to discuss why peer review matters – to them and to their organizations – and what they hope this week will achieve. Participants: Stephanie Dawson (CEO, ScienceOpen), Chris Graf (Wiley), Peter Gregory (Wiley), Laure Haak (ORCID), Emily Jesper…

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Societies Research Authors September 28th, 2015

Peer Review Week arrives!

Welcome to  Peer Review Week! To kick off the celebration of all things review, here’s a quick reminder of the central role peer review plays in scholarly communications. Below are our tenets of peer review: Peer review makes science better – Multiple industry wide research reports (the 2008 Ware & Monkman report, Sense about Science’s 2009…

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Societies Research Authors September 25th, 2015

Using research to address global challenges

Global challenges require a global response. Climate change, energy security, scarcity of water resources, global health and disease, and food supply and nutrition are among the biggest challenges facing humanity today. Tackling such huge challenges requires collaboration on an international scale, sharing resources and knowledge across communities. It is only through working together that we can…

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Authors September 24th, 2015

Know the vital players in your career: you!

Because I have written about promotion and tenure and the academic career track for more than 15 years, whether in books or magazine essays, I have gotten a chance to talk to hundreds of doctoral students and tenure trackers. Their fields run the gamut of the academy, from philosophy to biochemistry to psychology. But over…

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Authors September 17th, 2015

Writing for publication-how can a structured writing retreat help?

I’m writing this during the last 90-minute session at a two-day residential writing retreat I organized for my PhD group – 12 students – so that they could focus on writing a journal article. I’ve been writing one too. This Writing for Publication retreat is a new idea I came up with to provide real…

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Research Authors September 11th, 2015

Mind your language: A guide to language usage in reviewer reports

Reviewing a manuscript requires many skills. Of capital importance is that you have enough background knowledge to be able to assess and comment on the science presented in the paper you are evaluating. But how do you communicate your comments back to the authors? How should you phrase your report? Below are some tips on…

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