Celebrating everyone involved in peer review

Announcing this year’s Peer Review Week 

Peer Review Week 2016Peer review is the system at the heart of scholarly communication. Its aim is to ensure published research is:

1. Trustworthy
2. Accurate
3. Meets the highest standards possible within a given field

Recognising review activity in all its forms

To achieve this there are many people involved in the process. There are the journal editors who oversee the process, sourcing qualified reviewers and acting as the lynchpin of the communication between reviewers and author. There’s the many reviewers, who give their time and expertise to improve papers, telling us that their primary motivation to review is ‘to play their part as a member of the academic community’ (as evidenced in Peer review: a global view, which explored authors, reviewers and journal editors opinions on peer review).

Announcing Peer Review Week

Beyond journal publishing there are many more people involved in review activity – in grant review for instance or conference submissions, on tenure committees or in book proposals. That’s why the theme for the second Peer Review Week is Recognition for Review, exploring all aspects of how those participating in review activity are making a vital contribution to the scholarly community.

Held on 19th to 25th September, this global event will bring together individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to sharing the message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.

Find out more

You can find out more about Peer Review Week at www.peerreviewweek.org, and follow all the activities and events on #PeerRevWk16 and #RecognizeReview. So get that date in your diary and be sure to tune in to this year’s Peer Review Week on www.peerreviewweek.org, on Author Services and Editor Resources plus via Twitter at #PeerRevWk16.

And to get started here are some of our essential peer review resources:

What to expect during peer review: for the first time author
Understanding different types of peer review
Step-by-step guide to reviewing: reviewer guidelines
Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers

How to get involved in peer review (and why you should)
On open peer review: a new scholar’s perspective
The role of reviewers: a journal editor’s perspective
Navigating contradictory reviews: a journal editor’s perspective

Peer review: a global view, including the latest supplement on motivations, training and support

Do you or your organization have peer review resources which you’d like to share with the scholarly community? Do you think you might hold an event during Peer Review Week? Tell others about it by emailing PRWeek@aaas.org. Your event or resource will then feature on www.peerreviewweek.org.