This month, we present opportunities to discuss bias in peer review and share our latest research activities about preprints. We hope you’ll join us at upcoming events and discussions.
Discuss bias in peer review with ReimagineReview
Scientific peer review is ideally based solely on the merit of the research; in the real world, however, it is susceptible to the inherent bias of editors and reviewers. The community of peer review innovations at ReimagineReview encompass a wide range of initiatives that may encounter new and unique challenges in bias prevention.
To enable discussion about identifying and addressing bias in peer review in these new contexts, we’re hosting a ReimagineReview community call on Friday August 16th 2019 12:00 E.T. featuring:
- Dr. Jennifer Raymond (Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University and eLife Reviewing Editor) is an author of a recent study on gender bias at eLife.
- Dr. Misha Teplitskiy (computational social scientist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan) studies peer review bias arising from professional network connection, as reported in this study.
The presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion.
To join this community call, please register by filling out this form.
Meet the ASAPbio ScholCommLab scholars
We’re supporting Janina Sarol (PhD student in Informatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Mario Malički (Postdoc, AMC and ASUS Amsterdam, Netherlands) with 3-month visiting scholarships with the Preprints Uptake and Use research team at ScholCommLab (Simon Fraser University and University of Ottawa, Canada). Their project seeks to explore the question of “who is preprinting?” by consolidating, analyzing, and mapping data documenting the adoption of preprinting in specific communities.
Read about their findings so far: preprint metadata can be messy!
Preprints can be submitted to REF2021
Preprints are valid outputs to submit to the UK national funding assessment exercise, Research Excellence Framework (or REF). With initial REF submissions requested from September, we describe how preprints can be included with extracts from the official REF guidance here.
We’ll be discussing preprints and transparency in peer review at:
- Las Vegas, NV, 2019-08-31 (Jessica): Biohack the Planet
- Warsaw, Poland, 2019-09-01 (Naomi): INCF Neuroinformatics 2019 (keynote: Preprinting for neuroinformatics: where are we at?)
- Cambridge, UK, 2019-09-04 (Naomi): eLife Sprint (project proposal: How might we raise visibility of preprints by authors with low twitter connectedness, or rationalise popularity of preprints by authors with high twitter connectedness? Notes available online. Please contribute.)
- New York, NY, 2019-09-20 (Jessica): Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science (NYU)
- Germany, 2019-09-23 (Naomi): ZMBP Summer Academy (workshop & talk)
- Edinburgh, UK, 2019-10-16 (Naomi): FORCE2019 (panel: Who will influence the success of preprints and to what end?)
- San Francisco, CA, 2019-10-31 (Jessica): UCSF Biomedical Reproducibility Workshop Series
Are you giving a talk about preprints, peer review or transparency in science? You can browse and reuse slide decks we’ve presented before from asapbio.org/resources.
Until next time,
Jessica Polka & Naomi Penfold
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