July 18, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator

Shout out to peer review

We'll be celebrating Peer Review Week 2016

After authors, reviewers are the lifeblood of any journal.

-Mike Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Maps

Without a panel of referees prepared to share their professional expertise in helping colleagues to improve their work there would be no journal.’

-Peter Gilroy, Editor, Journal of Education for Teaching

Over two thirds of authors who have never peer reviewed would like to.

- ‘Peer review: a global view’ survey findings

One thing is clear from all this peer review talk: peer review matters. Editors, authors and publishers alike value the system for the crucial role it plays in ensuring published research is trustworthy, accurate, and meets the highest standards possible within a given field.

Given its importance, it’s perhaps no surprise that a lot of our work revolves around peer review. We have an entire team dedicated to it (our Electronic Editorial Systems team), last year we conducted a global peer review survey (and recently published a supplement to it), and we are always looking for ways to facilitate peer review best practice, providing reviewer guidelines and workshops for those embarking on peer review for the first time.

The time of year is rapidly approaching again, where we don’t just get to talk about peer review, we also get to shout about it. For the second year running, we’ll be joining our peers in making a fuss of peer review during Peer Review Week 2016, from 19 – 25 September. The event brings together individuals, institutions and organizations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.

peer review week 2016

Recognition will be the core theme of this year's celebrations. What recognition do all those involved in peer review activity want? What recognition do they need? And what are some of the different ways that those involved in peer review are currently recognized and rewarded? Expect to hear discussion around all this and more, so get the dates in your diary, and be sure to tune in to Peer Review Week 16 on Editor Resources, Author Services, and via Twitter at #PeerRevWk16 and #RecognizeReview. For more information about Peer Review Week, please visit www.peerreviewweek.org.

To get you started here are some of our essential peer review resources:




Published: July 18, 2016 | Author: Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator | Category: Front page, News and ideas, Peer review | Tagged with: