Tag Archives: peer review

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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Societies August 15th, 2014

5 key trends in professional publishing

One of the overriding themes of the ASAE conference in Nashville this year was the universal constant: change. From game-changing talks to hands-on learning labs, ideas and solutions abound on how to respond to a changing marketplace and membership base, but also how to proactively and positively implement your own changes. The Learning Lab session, “5…

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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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