Celebrating Peer Review Week 2023: A Look Ahead
Peer Review Week, celebrated since 2015, is an exciting time for the academic community, thanks to the collective endeavors of many academic organizations. Over the years, it has evolved into a key event for discussing and appreciating the process of peer review, which is integral to scholarly publishing. Now, driven by a passionate group of academics, this week-long celebration continues to highlight the importance of peer review, especially in the world of science.
As we look forward to Peer Review Week 2023, scheduled from 25th to 29th September, this year’s focus is on “The Future of Publishing.” It aligns well with the ongoing talks on Open Peer Reviews and Post-Publication Peer Reviews, paving the way for engaging discussions.
A Brief Historical Look into Peer Review
Taking a step back, peer review has a rich history, starting around three centuries ago with the Royal Society of London introducing philosophical transactions. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that the medical community adopted this practice, heralding the era of peer review in medicine.
In the exciting fields of biomedicine, peer review is what ensures the reliability and scientific accuracy of published research. It’s a thorough vetting process where experts check manuscripts to ensure that published research is a valuable addition to existing knowledge.
Emerging Trends: Open and Post-Publication Peer Reviews
Open Peer Reviews foster transparency and discussion. Unlike blind reviews, the open peer review process is transparent, with both parties aware of each other’s identities. In some instances, the reviewer’s comments are also made public. On the other hand, Post-Publication Peer Reviews create a dynamic space where research can be refined even after publication, reflecting the continuous evolution of scientific exploration. This innovative model allows for the immediate publication of articles, which are then reviewed. The broader community can engage in the evaluation process, though reviews from authoritative figures often carry more influence. Learn more about the types of peer review here.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that in 2018, a Wiley survey found that about 68.5% of authors preferred open peer review? Additionally, post-publication reviews are becoming more popular, highlighting the need for ongoing discussion to enhance the quality of published research.
Financial Incentives: A Double-Edged Sword?
Discussing payment for peer review opens up a lively debate. Financial incentives could risk impartiality, possibly leading to a pay-to-play culture, moving away from the selfless academic spirit that peer review embodies.
Voices from the Field: Authors, Reviewers, and Editors Speak
As we explore various experiences in the peer review process, different viewpoints emerge from authors, reviewers, and editors. Here’s a glimpse of the common and challenging aspects surrounding the peer review process:
– Worries about biased reviews based on affiliations or geographical location.
– Delays in manuscript processing affecting timely publication.
– Getting unclear or unhelpful feedback that doesn’t help in improving the manuscript.
– The challenge of giving constructive feedback while respecting the author’s original ideas.
– Finding time for thorough reviews amidst other academic and professional duties.
– Keeping up with the growing body of literature to provide informed evaluations.
– Locating suitable reviewers with the right expertise who are willing and available for the review.
– Ensuring a fair, unbiased, and timely review process despite a flood of submissions.
– Maintaining the journal’s reputation by ensuring the scientific quality and relevance of published research.
Peer Review Week 2023 in Biomolecules and Biomedicine: More Than a Celebration
Peer Review Week 2023 in Biomolecules and Biomedicine is more than a celebration; it’s a chance to reflect, learn, and imagine a future where the dignity of peer review is maintained and respected. The lively discussions, the exchange of ideas, and the shared goal of excellence in publishing make this week a much-anticipated academic event.
Honoring Our Reviewers: The Foundation of Our Editorial Integrity
At Biomolecules and Biomedicine, we cherish the commitment and expertise of our reviewers, whose detailed assessments significantly elevate the quality of the research we publish.
In recognition of their invaluable service, we extend a variety of benefits to our reviewers. Each completed peer review entitles the reviewer to a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC), with the opportunity to accumulate discounts leading to a full waiver of the APC based on the number of reviews undertaken. Additionally, a Certificate of Reviewing is awarded for every manuscript reviewed, embodying a token of our gratitude and a testament to their service. Each month, we spotlight exemplary reviews by bestowing the Reviewer of the Month Award, celebrated across our website, blog, and social media channels. Beyond these recognitions, reviewers with an established academic trajectory may venture into becoming members of our Editorial Board post several review completions, and some progress to become Associate Editors, further contributing to the scholarly dialogue. Learn more about our benefits for reviewers here.
We also manifest our appreciation by publishing an annual list of reviewers every January on our website, serving as a public acknowledgment of their hard work and dedication.
With an enthusiastic outlook towards the horizon, we warmly extend an invitation to our readers, authors, reviewers, and the broader academic community to engage with us during this significant week. Let’s together unfold the pages of the future of publishing, one discussion, one review, and one publication at a time. See our review forms/guidelines here.
Editor: Ermina Vukalic