What does peer review do for science and what does the scientific community want it to do for them? Does it illuminate good ideas or shut them down? Should it detect plagiarism, bias or fraud? And how can early career researchers engage with the process?
Each year Taylor & Francis supports the peer review workshops run by Sense About Science, a UK charity that aims to put science and evidence in the hands of the public. Free to attend, these half-day workshops are aimed at all early career researchers, scientists, social scientists, engineers and medics. Each event examines the process of peer review in detail through a combination of group work, panel talks from experienced editors, authors and reviewers, and audience discussion.
Participants have the opportunity to discuss their questions and concerns about peer review, hear why peer review matters to the public as a tool to evaluate the status of research claims, gain insights into the journal publishing scene, and get tips on how to get their work published. The attendees will also become part of Voice of Young Science (VoYS), a network of early career researchers who play an active role in public debates about science.
“Very encouraging and motivating”; “really helpful for me as a PhD student”; “good diversity of panellists and good amount of time for questions”; “enlightening – made me think about new aspects”.
– Just some of the feedback from previous workshop attendees
The next workshop will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University, on Friday October 18, and applications are now open. These workshops are very popular, so find out more and book your free place by September 9.
Check out these reports from previous attendees who’ve shared what they’ve learn’t from taking part:
Getting started in peer review
Hands up for peer review
Adam Bateson and Huayi Huang
Peer review is fundamental to the scientific process
A ‘Nuts and bolts of peer review’ workshop: 5 take home messages