This month, we share upcoming opportunities to learn, discuss and influence the future of preprints and transparent peer review.
Peer review week event: ReimagineReview community call on revealing quality in peer review through increased transparency
The theme of this year’s Peer Review Week, “quality in peer review,” should resonate with anyone—author, referee, or reader—invested in the process of formal publication. But how can those without a direct window into the peer review process be assured of its quality, both the entire body of peer review that a journal or project organizes, and more specifically the reviews covering an individual article?
Register now for the ReimagineReview community call (September 20, 2019 – 9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 6pm CEST) featuring short presentations from speakers who take different approaches to demystify the peer review process, to be followed by an interactive discussion.
- Chris Jackson, Professor at Imperial College, advocates for signing peer reviews
- Quincey Justman, Editor in Chief of Cell Systems, is experimenting with publishing peer review
- Amy Brand, Director of the MIT Press, is co-lead of the Peer Review Transparency project, which seeks to create agreed-upon terms for describing how a work has been peer reviewed
- Tony Ross-Hellauer, Leader of the Open and Reproducible Research Group at Graz University of Technology, is surfacing journal peer review policies with Transpose
- Bahar Mehmani, Reviewer Experience Lead at Elsevier, has participated in data sharing with the PEERE initiative
ReimagineReview is a registry of platforms and experiments innovating around peer review of scientific outputs. Our community call series provides an opportunity to discuss pressing issues (for example, bias in peer review) relevant to these projects, but anyone can join!
This call will be recorded for public posting in its entirety.
Who will influence the future for preprints in biology?
At FORCE2019, FORCE11’s annual conference in October, Naomi will lead a panel to discuss “Who will influence the success of preprints in biology and to what end?”.
Joining us for the panel discussion will be:
- Theo Bloom, Executive Editor of The BMJ and co-founder of medRxiv
- Humberto Debat, Researcher at National Institute of Agricultural Technology, Argentina
- Amye Kenall, Editorial Director at Springer Nature
- Dario Taraborelli, Science Program Officer, Open Science at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Let us know your thoughts about how you define success for preprints in biology, who you think will influence this success, and whether you’ll be at the conference here.
EMBO job ads
As part of preparations to launch a new journal-independent peer-reviewing platform in collaboration with ASAPbio, EMBO has recently posted two job ads for the positions of Managing Editor (closes September 15) and Editorial Assistant (closing September 19) .
More details about the project will be available over the coming months!
Enrich our preprint policies and practices pages
The experiences of preprint authors are a powerful resource when advocating for preprints. We’ve started archiving PLOS’s monthly emails about preprints to preserve the preprint stories they share – check it out!
Please let us know of any preprint-related updates we could add to our pages about policies and practices at:
Thanks in advance for helping us share valuable information about preprints in biology.
Here’s what’s been going on since our last newsletter:
- PeerJ Preprints to stop accepting preprints on 30 September 2019 (2019-09-03)
- arXiv introduces a Code of Conduct and invites feedback (2019-08-29)
- Open Access India and the Center for Open Science launch IndiaRxiv, India’s first preprint service (2019-08-14)
We’ll be discussing preprints and transparency in peer review at:
- New York, NY, 2019-09-20 (Jessica): InspireScience (NYU)
- Germany, 2019-09-23 (Naomi): ZMBP Summer Academy (workshop & talk)
- Washington DC, 2019-10-2 to 2019-10-03 (Jessica): SSP New Directions Seminar
- 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 (open to the UCSF community)
Are you giving a talk about preprints, peer review or transparency in science? You can browse and reuse slide decks we’ve presented before, and watch back talk recordings, from asapbio.org/resources.
Until next time,
Jessica Polka & Naomi Penfold
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