Tag Archives: peer review

Societies Research Libraries July 23rd, 2014

5 things I learned about peer review at ESOF

There’s little doubt that peer review is an essential arbiter of scientific quality, so I think it’s important that we discuss its challenges and help answer the questions many researchers have surrounding it. That’s why I held two Sense About Science sessions on peer review at ESOF2014 – Europe’s top general science event – which…

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Authors June 12th, 2014

We’re experimenting in the Author Ecosystem. Want to help?

We are currently experimenting to develop new Author Guides that our authors will actually want to use, particularly new researchers looking to publish for the first or second time. We have been connecting with authors all over the world to inform progress by following the classic “T” approach to knowledge gathering: the broader, horizontal, climb-that-tree-and-look-around…

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Societies Research Libraries May 30th, 2014

#PeerReview-now trending on a newsfeed near you

It’s hard to match the buzzworthiness of peer review. Over the past several months alone, a number of conferences and workshops have tackled the topic, spawning lively debates in the Twittersphere and on blogs well after the events themselves concluded (overviews of Peer Review Watch’s Is Peer Review Broken? and BioMed Central’s Editors’ Conference are…

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Societies Research Libraries May 19th, 2014

Scientific integrity

Are scholarly publications any more reliable or trustworthy than the general press? Does the publishing process build in sufficient checks and balances or is it remarkably flawed? Reports of fraudulent or retracted articles from the body of scholarly literature might suggest a crisis in scholarly publishing. There have been a number of sting operations to…

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Societies Research Libraries May 13th, 2014

Peer review: fundamentals and the future

I recently attended Sense About Science’s “Peer Review: The Nuts & Bolts” workshop, run as part of their Voice of Young Science program, to discuss the merits of peer review and its impact on science communication.  So, what is peer review and should you care?  Yes everyone should care!  Peer review is a process that…

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Societies Research Libraries April 23rd, 2014

Academic publishing: the next five years

Below is an excerpt of a talk delivered by Liz Ferguson at London Book Fair on April 9th, 2014. Academic publishing has never been subject to so much change or been under so many diverse pressures. The market is constrained and, although improving, the outlook for growth is low. New customers have different budgets for buying…

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Societies Research Libraries April 22nd, 2014

Striving for innovation: a report from the NAS Journal summit

Last month, the National Academy of Sciences hosted its biannual Journal Summit in Washington, DC.  Formerly called the e-Journal Summit, the meeting gathers innovators from across the world of STM journal publishing to discuss ways to embrace new technology for the benefit of scientific communication. The meeting assembles a unique group of stakeholders including: publishers,…

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Societies Research Libraries March 21st, 2014

BlueJC: post-publication peer review for an international network

At the beginning of 2014, Twitter had 645,750,000 active registered users, with 135 000 new users signing up every day. The number of active Twitter users every month is around 115 million, and 43% of users are Tweeting on their phones.[1] Facebook has over 1.3 billion users, with over half of these being mobile users.[2]…

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Societies Research Libraries March 10th, 2014

Publication ethics: a journal editor’s perspective

This is the second in our series of recent blog posts on publishing ethics to mark the launch this month of Wiley’s Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics: A Publisher’s Perspective, 2ed..   Where should one start a blog entry about publication ethics? It’s such a wide-ranging topic and, given that this isn’t supposed to be a…

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Societies Research Libraries February 7th, 2014

Healthy Evidence: A Dose of Knowledge and Objectivity

Sense About Science has teamed up with NHS Choices Behind the Headlines and Health Unlocked to launch a new online forum to help people better understand the science behind health claims and to connect people with expertise. The Healthy Evidence forum is a place for people to discuss health stories and share insights and useful…

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