Dr Bahar Mehmani

Standing for election to first Vice President


Reviewer Experience Lead
Elesvier, The Netherlands
[email protected]

I joined the EASE Council in 2017 with the primary goal of sharing my knowledge and expertise with both the Peer Review and the Sex and Gender working groups. I organized several workshops, EASE conference sessions (for example link)and discussion panels since then and was re-elected as a council member for another round in 2021.

In my capacity as the chair of the peer review committee (link) of EASE I revived the committed by developing a strategic plan and bringing together a very knowledgeable, highly engaged, and motivated team. Together we updated the peer review toolkit, created infographics about the nuts and bolts of the peer review process (link), and organized a highly engaged panel discussion session during the 2022 EASE conference in Valencia on the concept of structured peer review.

In my different roles across several organisations I always tend to engage EASE members and promote its great achievements.

As the steering committee member of the 2020 Peer Review Week I reached out to EASE and encouraged them to support the initiative by translating the PRW related information, and this continued in 2022, with many EASE members and several EASE Chapters participating and contributing. I was also able to involve EASE in the ‘events and international outreach’ committee of 2020, 2021, and 2022 Peer Review Week.

As a member of STM I have included EASE members in several workshops including the STM-ALLEA-GYA 2020 workshop on the future of peer review (link).

The STM peer review terminology working group hosted their announcement of the terminology on EASE channel (link). I reached out to EASE members for feedback on the taxonomy much of which is now incorporated in the document, available here and here.

Given my expertise and years of experiencing EASE membership, I would like to stand for the position of 1st Vice President. I am looking forward to working with passionate EASE members to boost EASE visibility, advance its mission, and enlarge its community.


Career summary

Dr. Bahar Mehmani is Reviewer Experience Lead in the Global STM journals at Elsevier. She developed and leads Elsevier journals peer review strategy designed to increase peer review speed and quality, reviewer engagement, and author satisfaction with the quality and speed of the evaluation process, as well as the peer review process transparency. Bahar is a member of NISO’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility board (link), and advisory board member of the Peer Review Congress (link), chair of peer review workbench (link) and chair of EASE peer review committee as well as its council member. She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2010. Before joining Elsevier, she was a postdoc researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).

Link to Bahar’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehmanib/

Link to Bahar’s Mastodon: https://mstdn.social/@bahar

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