Publishing peer review reports has many benefits, but critics often worry that it’s unlikely to be read or seen. This…
On February 7-9, 2018, a group of approximately 90 junior and senior scientists, publishers, editors, and funders convened at HHMI Headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD for a meeting on Transparency, Recognition, and Innovation in Peer Review in the Life Sciences, organized by Wellcome, ASAPbio, and HHMI.
Agenda and outcomes
The event kicked off on the evening of Feburary 7th with keynotes from Erin O’Shea (President of HHMI), Jeremy Berg (Editor-in-Chief of Science) and Mike Lauer (Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH). After a morning of discussion, participants (both in-person and virtual) took part in an a vote on statements related to transparency and recognition to gauge the development of consensus. The results suggested that the majority of participants favored:
1. Publishing the content of peer reviews (with or without the reviewers’ names) and making these reports a formal part of the scholarly record with an associated DOI,
2. Formal recognition and credit for peer review activities from funding agencies and institutions, and
3. Acknowledging all contributors to a peer review report (such as students and postdocs) when submitting it to a journal.
We will be organizing a meeting report and considering other steps to facilitate the actions above.