EASE Council ‘Open peer review’ session at the ALPSP Conference

EASE Council members Bahar Mehmani and Jadranka Stojanovski will sit on a panel session of the ALPSP 2019 conference tackling the issue of ‘Open peer review’, on Thursday 12 September, 2019.

Open peer review is considered to be one of the pillars of Open Science and is a practice that is becoming more commonplace across the scholarly publishing world.

Open peer review is currently being implemented in many different ways and there are a number of experiments underway that are designed to determine how best to deliver open peer review to best serve researchers working in different research areas and from across the career stages.

Jadranka and Baha will be joined on the panel by Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000, and Matthew Hayes, Director of Publisher and Funder Growth at Publons. The speakers will discuss their involvement in initiatives designed to support the development and uptake of Open Science and about their efforts and views of the challenges that remain in taking open peer review – particularly from a scholarly publishing perspective – into the mainstream.

Bahar is Reviewer Experience Lead at Elsevier. Bahar will examine the effect of publishing peer review reports on referee behaviour in five scholarly journals involved in a pilot study at Elsevier. They measured changes both before and during the pilot and found that publishing reports did not significantly compromise referees’ willingness to review, recommendations, or turn-around times.

Jadranka is Associate Professor at the Department of Information Sciences at the University of Zadar, Croatia. Jadranka will address the unquestionable status of peer review as part of the research assessment, its key role in shaping science and paving the way for future research. In this context, she will emphasize the basic virtues of anonymity of reviewers and authors, the selectivity of the reviewers done by editors, multiple reviews and confidentiality in the process.

Read more about this session on the conference website: https://events.bizzabo.com/alpsp19/home