Tag Archives: peer review

Thousands of grant peer reviewers share concerns in global survey

(21 Oct 2019) The Grant Review In Focus report — based on a survey of 4,700 researchers worldwide — also found that recognition is an important incentive for reviewers. More than half said that they are more likely to agree to review grant applications if funders acknowledge their efforts. The report was produced by Publons, a website that […]


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OSA launches comprehensive reviewer resource center

(1 Aug 2019) The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the launch of the new OSA Reviewer Resource Center, a convenient and comprehensive portal offering reviewers the opportunity to become certified, find guidance and information about reviewing for OSA’s journals, and be recognized and rewarded for the vital service they perform for the Society. Employing video, infographics, and […]


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PLOS – academic reviewers to now more easily receive credit for their work

(28 June 2019) PLOS today announced that its collaboration with ORCID now includes credit for reviewers. For more than five years, PLOS authors have used ORCID to make their professional lives easier. Now reviewers at PLOS can take advantage of the same benefits to track their contributions, claim credit, and build up their research profiles. Same ORCID, now […]


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IEEE announces retractions from IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility

(20 November 2018, Piscataway, N.J.) IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced it is retracting 29 articles that were published in IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility from 2017 to 2018 because of violations of IEEE policy discovered in the peer review process of those articles. IEEE requires […]


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As demands on the peer review system are increasing, reviewers are simultaneously becoming less responsive to invitations

(12 September 2018)  During this Peer Review Week 2018, Tom Culley shares findings from the new Publons “Global State of Peer Review” report. As demands on the peer review system increase, reviewers are actually becoming less responsive to invitations. Meanwhile, researchers from established regions such as the USA, UK, and Japan continue to review significantly […]


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Predatory publishers threaten to consume public research funds and undermine national academic systems – the case of Brazil

(6 September 2018) An unintended consequence of the open access movement, predatory publishers have appeared in many countries, offering authors a quick and easy route to publication in exchange for a fee and usually without any apparent peer review or quality control. Using a large database of publications, Marcelo S. Perlin, Takeyoshi Imasato and Denis […]


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Indian Government aims to take down predatory journals

(29 August 2018) Universities in India had until August 30 to present a “white list” of recognized journals to the University Grants Commission, a government body that provides funding and maintains higher-education standards in the country. In previously submitted recommendations, universities have included predatory journals, publishers that charge high fees for low-quality or no peer […]


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Taylor & Francis and Cambridge University Press join blockchain for peer review project

(26 April 2018) Taylor & Francis Group have joined the initiative, announced in March 2018, which focuses on the problems of research reproducibility, recognition of reviewers and the rising burden of the peer-review process. The project will develop a protocol where information about peer review activities (submitted by publishers) are stored on a blockchain. This […]


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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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