Tag Archives: peer review

Addressing ethical issues in peer review – new guidelines available from COPE

(12 September 2017) Ethical issues related to the peer review process are increasingly complex and can be tricky to navigate and resolve. This Peer Review Week 2017, COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics) released a revised, updated version of its guidelines for editors, reviewers, and would-be reviewers. These expanded resources include more information for early-career […]


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ACS Publications announces free training resource for peer reviewers

(15 August 2017, Washington)   Reinforcing its commitment to publishing the best peer-reviewed scientific research, the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced the debut of ACS Reviewer Lab, an online course created to help educate researchers on the fundamentals of scholarly peer review. A collaborative effort by ACS Editors, leading chemistry researchers […]


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Open Abstracts: a new peer review feature that helps scholars develop connections and encourages transdisciplinarity

(27 July 2017) The peer review process has been subjected to a steady stream of criticism in recent years. This has driven certain innovations, from revealing the content of the process post-publication, to crowdsourcing initiatives. Patrick Riechert and Frédéric Dubois introduce a new peer review feature that is currently being piloted on the journal, Internet […]


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Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) and HighWire Press partner to increase transparency for peer review

(12 June 2017, Los Gatos, Calif.) HighWire Press announces a partnership with Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) to offer turn-key integration of PRE, a transparency service from AAAS that improves the visibility of the peer review process. To mark this partnership and help publishers illustrate the integrity of their peer review process, PRE will cover any […]


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IGI Global partners with Chinese researchers to increase peer-review research

(1 December 2016) IGI Global is proud to partner with the International Center for Informatics Research (ICIR) of Beijing Jiaotong University in China to increase the awareness of the peer-review process. This partnership was instated to support the future of technological development by strengthening the relationship between students, faculty, staff, and cutting-edge global research, especially […]


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Transparent peer review at Nature Communications is a clear success

(10 November 2016) Nature Communications is incorporating transparent peer review into the journal on a permanent basis, following a successful ten-month trial. In this scheme, authors are given the option to publish the peer review history of the paper alongside their published research. All papers submitted from January 2016 qualify for this scheme. Since the […]


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Chinese researchers behind ‘fake peer review’ scandals

(10 November 2016) Pressure to publish scientific papers at Chinese universities may explain why more researchers are creating fake peer reviewers to assess their work, a new study suggests. Analysing the growing number of retractions resulting from “faked peer reviews”, researchers found exactly three-quarters of articles pulled from academic journals over the past four years […]


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OpenAIRE survey on attitudes to open peer review

(9 September 2016) OpenAIRE invites you to participate in a brief survey on attitudes to Open Peer Review: https://www.soscisurvey.de/OPR/ Your anonymous answers will be made available to the research and publishing communities to inform future innovations in peer review. The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and will remain open until Friday 7th October. The […]


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American Chemical Society announces intention to establish “ChemRxiv” preprint server to promote early research sharing

(10 August 2016, Washington)  The American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced its intention to form ChemRxiv, a chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, proposed as a collaborative undertaking that will facilitate the open dissemination of important scientific findings. The Society is presently in the process of inviting interested stakeholders to participate in helping […]


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Springer Nature partners with Publons

(12 August 2016) Springer Nature teaming up with Publons in a 12-month pilot to revive peer review and speed up science. Peer review matters. Expert peer review improves the work of others and protects the world from harmful science that can set back advances in human understanding by decades. Springer Nature, like Publons, are committed […]


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HighWire Press launches integration with Peer Review Evaluation Service for Science journals

(15 March 2016) American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced that all journals in the Science family, including Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, and Science Advances, now feature the PRE “badge” on articles published in 2016 and beyond. By clicking the badge, readers can quickly see detailed information about the peer-review process, including the number of reviewers […]


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F1000 and ORCID partner to launch standard for citing peer review activities

(18 May 2015) ORCID and F1000 have partnered to develop a practical means to cite peer review activities, based on a standard set of terms and the use of persistent identifiers. “The formal but completely transparent peer review process post-publication used on both the F1000Prime article recommendation service and on articles published in F1000Research provides […]


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China must restructure its academic incentives to curb research fraud

(7 April 2015) “The idealised view of science as the curiosity-driven pursuit of knowledge to understand and improve the world around us has been tarnished,” write Scott Edmunds and Rob Davidson. “Recent news tells of systematic fraud and mass retraction of research papers from the Chinese academic system, and allegations of attempts to game the […]


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Inappropriate manipulation of peer review

(26 March 2015) In November last year, BioMed Central uncovered evidence of repeated and inappropriate attempts to manipulate the peer review process of several journals (see the original statement and update). The apparent intention was to deceive Editors and positively influence the outcome of peer review by suggesting fabricated reviewers. Although only a handful of […]


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Thomson Reuters collaborates with BMJ Publishing to optimize its peer review process

(12 September 2014, Philadelphia)  Thomson Reuters is collaborating with British Medical Journals (BMJ) to optimize the efficiency of the article peer-review process and solve the industry-wide problem of reviewer fatigue by utilizing ScholarOneTM Reviewer Locator, an extension of ScholarOne Manuscripts, the innovative peer-review and online submission program for scholarly publishers. As part of ScholarOne Manuscripts, […]


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