Tag Archives: peer review

Research March 31st, 2015

Ask about what doesn’t work- a guide for peer reviewers

“A negative result is still a result!” is a common, if slightly ironic, utterance that can frequently be heard around the ivory towers. I must say that I agree with this sentiment, and I agree with it to the extent that I think everyone who reviews a scholarly paper should be asking about what doesn’t…

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Research March 17th, 2015

Speeding up science through peer review: a Q&A with Andrew Preston of Publons

Yesterday Wiley announced a new pilot program with Publons, a new peer review information tool which produces comprehensive reviewer profiles with publisher-verified peer reviews, allowing reviewers to get credit for their reviews.  We recently spoke with Publons co-founder Andrew Preston about how Publons got started, what it does, and how it’s been received thus far.…

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Authors March 12th, 2015

How, when and why to say no to a review request

In his recent post on the editor’s view of peer review best practice, Brian Johnson highlighted the importance of prompt responses to review invitations – particularly if the reviewer is not able to undertake the review.  In today’s post, Andrew Moore, Editor-in-Chief of BioEssays and Inside the Cell explores the decision to decline a review…

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Authors February 12th, 2015

Across the desk: An Editor’s guide to peer review best practice

Peer review is an intricate system, based on trust and professionalism, as colleagues try to evaluate an ever-increasing volume of papers on short timeframes. On the one hand, the process looks simple: manuscripts are sent out to external experts with a request for evaluation, upon which an editorial decision is then based. But anyone who…

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Authors January 22nd, 2015

Cooperation not confrontation- how to convince referees and respond to reviews

Some of the most difficult people to convince about new ideas, especially unusual or controversial ones, are experts. In other words, the reviewers who are likely to be peer-reviewing your paper are also those who are likely to be the most skeptical about it. Whether this is an advantage or disadvantage of the peer-review system…

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Authors January 8th, 2015

Helping Early Career Researchers to get peer review right

In 2013, more than 1.4 million scholarly articles were published in peer reviewed journals. As the rate of scholarly articles published each year increases, so does the pressure on peer review. In the 2009 Sense About Science peer review survey , 67% of respondents felt that formal training of reviewers would improve the quality of reviews. While…

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Societies Research Libraries January 7th, 2015

Recognition for peer review and editing in Australia – and beyond?

Following a lively discussion on the challenges of finding peer reviewers and journal editors at a Best Practice Journal Publishing seminar in our Melbourne office earlier this year a group of 40+ Australian Wiley editors recently wrote an open letter to their universities, funders, and other research institutions and organizations in Australia. Highlighting both the benefits…

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Societies Research Libraries November 7th, 2014

Mentoring the next generation of reviewers

Peer review is at the heart of scientific publishing. It provides the opportunity to discuss and improve upon a manuscript before publication and helps to ensure quality standards of articles published. But current complexities in the academic landscape, variations in the approach to assessing research, and difficulty securing reviewers due to demands on time are…

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Societies Research Libraries September 2nd, 2014

Simplification, education, transparency: ISMTE North American Conference 2014

“Even Einstein benefited from the peer review process,” said Adam Etkin, of PRE (Peer Review Evaluation) and Social Cite, while speaking at this year’s North American conference for the International Association of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE). During his presentation on the systems he has worked hard to develop—PRE-val/PRE-score and Social Cite—he shared an article…

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Societies Research Libraries August 20th, 2014

Advancing peer review: a Q&A with Adam Etkin of PRE

 We recently spoke with Adam Etkin,  Founder and Managing Director of PRE, a division of STRIATUS.  Adam is a veteran of the publishing industry and  formed PRE to assist members of the scholarly publishing community who are committed to preserving an ethical, rigorous peer review process. Q. Can you tell us about your background and your…

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