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September 2015

Peer review matters!

Peer review week

Understanding peer review and asking about the status of claims is important to society because it helps people make decisions. Which is why we’re involved in Peer Review Week 2015, a virtual event to celebrate the fundamental role of peer review in maintaining scientific quality. 

From Monday September 28 to Friday October 2 we will be sharing articles and blog posts about peer review, resources for reviewers, views from our Voice of Young Science network of early career researchers, and a webinar on trust and transparency in peer review as part of the inaugural Peer Review Week. Check back here for more and follow on Twitter with #peerrevwk15!

Peer Review Week grew out of informal conversations between ORCID, ScienceOpen, and Wiley. Each organisation has a different perspective on peer review, and has been working independently to better support its role in scholarly communications. We joined the week to ensure the wider benefits of peer review – as a quality mark and tool for making sense of science claims – are shared with the public. We have our own peer review programme which is kindly supported by Biomed Central, Elsevier, F1000, Glasgow Caledonian University, Portland Press, PRE-Val, SAGE, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley.

We are pleased that several organisations are getting involved, and we will be sharing their activity during the week here, including Elsevier who will feature articles in Elsevier Connect and Author’s Update and promote the week on social media.

Victoria Murphy, Programme Manager of Sense About Science: "Peer review is an essential arbiter of scientific quality, and asking 'Is it peer reviewed?' helps people to query the status of science and research reported in the media. So during this inaugural Peer Review Week, we want to share that question as widely as possible. Raising awareness of the value of peer review – as we have done in collaboration with Elsevier when we developed one of the largest ever international surveys of authors and reviewers, the Peer Review Survey 2009, and with our guide for early career researchers, Peer review the nuts and bolts – is vital for maintaining quality in science."

Philip Carpenter, Executive Vice President, Research at Wiley, one of the partners of our peer review programme, said: “At Wiley we believe that peer review is the foundation for safeguarding the quality and integrity of scientific and scholarly research. Peer Review Week and our partnership with ORCID, Sense About Science and Science Open allow us to highlight the crucial role that peer review plays in protecting trust in scholarly communication.”

“Researchers spend a substantial amount of time reading and reviewing, but are rarely acknowledged for this important contribution to the community,” says Laure Haak, Executive Director of ORCID. “ORCID is pleased to be part of peer review week and the effort to increase recognition for review activities.”

And ScienceOpen’s CEO, Stephanie Dawson explains that: “Our goal is to help re-build trust in the peer review process by making it entirely transparent. We facilitate Post-Publication Peer Review from named individual experts to nearly 10 million open access articles and toll stubs currently available on the platform. We’re delighted to participate in this inaugural Peer Review Week.” 

Peer Review Week 2015 will run from Monday September 28 to Friday October 2, and will include a series of blog posts and interviews, a social media campaign, webinars, and more.  Follow Peer Review Week 2015 activities on Twitter #peerrevwk15

VoYS member Roganie Govender blogged about "5 reasons why peer review matters" for Elsevier's Reviewes' Update, and on Elsevier Connect Julia Wilson, Development Director of Sense About Science, asks "So does the public finally ‘get’ peer review?"

 Read about peer review around the world, and a discussion about peer review with some of the organisations involved in Peer Review week on Wiley Exchanges.

SAGE has posted a discussion about peer review with Emily Jesper, Asssistant Director at Sense About Science.