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Societies Research Libraries September 1st, 2015

The ever-expanding world of peer review: takeaways from ISMTE 2015

ISMTE’s annual conferences are ideal spots for editors, managing editors, and publishing professionals to come together to share ideas and learn about what’s going on in the world of editorial management and peer review. This year’s US meeting, held from August 20-21st in Baltimore, was the society’s largest yet, with over 200 attendees. Each year, there…

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Research Authors August 25th, 2015

A conversation with Lachlan Coin of Academic Karma

Lachlan Coin completed a Bachelors degree of Science at the Australian National University in 1999, and a PhD at the University of Cambridge, in bioinformatics in 2005.  He worked as a research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London and in 2012 took up a position as group leader at…

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Authors August 13th, 2015

What to do when you’re late with a peer review report: advice from an editor

So, you’ve agreed to review that paper from so-and-so et al. From the title and abstract, it sounded worth your time, and you really were going to do it before July 15th. But now you’ve received a reminder from editorial that you’re overdue with your report. Worse still, you’re sitting at the departure gate waiting…

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Authors July 30th, 2015

How to deal with reviewer comments

When a manuscript is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, if it is not rejected then it is almost inevitable that the authors will be asked to revise their manuscript before re-submission.  Authors often receive this criticism of their manuscript out of proportion to the actual work that is required.  On the whole, more experienced…

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Research Authors July 28th, 2015

What do IKEA, Thomas Edison, and peer review have in common?

What do a Swedish furniture retailer, a nineteenth century inventor, and peer review have in common? On the face of it, not much, but recently I read a book¹ that made me think all three might be more connected than you might think. For those of you (perhaps fortunate few) who have never been into…

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Authors July 16th, 2015

PEERE-ing into peer review

  Professor Flaminio Squazzoni is chair of PEERE, a project (‘Action’) funded by the European Union to explore issues around journal and grant peer review, running from 2014 to 2018. I recently spoke with Professor Squazzoni to learn more about PEERE’s mission, milestones, and desired outcomes.    Q. Give us some background on the PEERE…

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Authors June 18th, 2015

Reviewer right to reply: dealing with author rebuttals

The scenario is all too familiar. You patiently read through the paper, you make exhaustive notes, you write up a comprehensive review with point-by-point instructions explaining exactly how the manuscript is to be changed and then, lo and behold, the author has the audacity to disagree! Makes you wonder why you bother. The author, however,…

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Authors May 21st, 2015

Five tips to help editors find the best reviewers

It is obvious that having the best, most qualified, most diligent reviewers is desirable both for guiding editor’s decisions and giving authors feedback. Finding the best reviewers, however, can be a real challenge. Editors, being experts in their fields, will already have a number of contacts in their areas that they can call on, but…

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Research Authors April 21st, 2015

10 things you need to know before you peer review

Today, Wiley presents a comprehensive guide to reviewing, in a new area of our author resources platform. Our aim for this guide is to support reviewers by providing a summary of best practice and how-to guidance with contributions from editors and experienced reviewers around the world. This is an evolving resource which we will continue…

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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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