Ed Hull’s 6-part series for the Peer Review Week

Now collected into one easily shareable playlist, we present EASE member Ed Hull’s 6-part series for Peer Review Week.

In his own words, Ed explains the background motivations behind these videos:

In the health-related fields of research publications have life-and-death consequences. Peer review is the primary means of preventing disastrous consequences due to flawed research. In the 21st century, two conditions have drastically increased this importance:

• Readers of scientific publications are faced with an increasing number of publications in their fields.
• Readers are also faced with narrowing time constraints: they have no time to critically assess the validity of the articles they choose to base their own work on.

These conditions force readers to assume that articles published in a peer-reviewed journals report credible and valid research. Despite the best intentions of under supported peer reviewers, flawed research does get published. I consider this to be clear evidence that the importance of peer review is underestimated and under supported.

The videos address: why peer review is important, a definition of quality peer review, how institutions and journals can ensure high quality peer review, Ed’s position on why he peer reviews, some tips for peer reviewers, and finally, why peer review matters to the public.