Today we are delighted to announce that, as part of our commitment to peer review and the invaluable role that it plays in maintaining scientific quality, Wiley is partnering with ORCID, Sense about Science and Science Open for a week of peer review celebrations.
Peer Review Week 2015 will run from Monday, September 28th to Friday October 2nd, and will include:
- Daily posts about peer review on each organizaton’s blog
- A Twitter campaign (#peerrevwk15)
- A Webinar on Trust and Transparency in Peer Review with Kent Anderson (AAAS), Verity Brown (St Andrews University), Alexander Grossman (ScienceOpen), Laure Haak (ORCID), and Andrew Preston (Publons)
- A Video of top 10 peer review tips
Peer Review Week grew out of informal conversations between ORCID, ScienceOpen and Wiley. Each organization has a different perspective on peer review, and has been working independently to better support its role in scholarly communications. Joining forces enables all three organizations to share their central message - that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications - more widely and powerfully. Sense About Science has also joined the week to ensure the wider benefits of peer review – as a mark of quality and tool for making sense of science claims – are shared with the public.
“At Wiley we believe that peer review is the foundation for safeguarding the quality and integrity of scientific and scholarly research,” comments Philip Carpenter, Executive Vice President, Research, Wiley. “Peer Review Week and our partnership with ORCID, Sense about Science and Science Open allow us to highlight the crucial role that peer review plays in protecting trust in scholarly communication.”
Researchers spend a substantial amount of time reading and reviewing, but are rarely acknowledged for this important contribution to the community,” says Laure Haak, Executive Director of ORCID. “ORCID is pleased to be part of peer review week and the effort to increase recognition for review activities.”
ScienceOpen’s CEO, Stephanie Dawson explains that: “Our goal is to help re-build trust in the peer review process by making it entirely transparent. We facilitate Post-Publication Peer Review from named individual experts to nearly ten million open access articles and toll stubs currently available on the platform. We’re delighted to participate in this inaugural Peer Review Week.”
And Victoria Murphy, Program Manager of Sense About Science, adds: "Peer review is an essential arbiter of scientific quality, and asking 'Is it peer reviewed?' helps people to query the status of science and research reported in the media. So during this inaugural Peer Review Week, we want to share that question as widely as possible. Raising awareness of the value of peer review is vital for maintaining quality in science."
We’d like to bring together everyone who cares about peer review and hope that you help support Peer Review Week by engaging via social media and sharing your thoughts. If you’d like to create your own blog post or editorial you can download the Peer Review Week logo here: landscape or portrait. And don’t forget to Join the conversation on Twitter #PeerRevWk15