The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experiences in science communication and editing.

Peer Review Committee

Peer Review Committee
Committee Members
ForumPeer Review Toolkit

Peer review is considered a vital part of quality assurance of scholarly publishing, but its efficiency and effectiveness are increasingly being debated. The issues over peer review are central to many EASE members, and so a group was established to coincide with Peer Review Week 2017, to discuss the issues, with the objective of proposing good practice guidelines and providing support for reviewers of scholarly information.

The group looks at questions such as:

  • How can we recognise and reward reviewers?
  • How can we improve the peer review workflow?
  • What guidelines should be provided to reviewers?
  • What is “good practice” peer review?
  • How can we create a good reviewing culture?

We aim to work with other organizations that are also investigating these issues, so that we can incorporate different initiatives.

The Group is being led by Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Brescia, Italy) and Bahar Mehmani, (Elsevier, Netherlands).

Achievements

  • July 2020 – STM Association webinar to present the first draft of the peer review taxonomy, by several EASE PRC members
  • June 2020 – EASE regional chapter members provided translations of the Peer Review Week press release, (Croatian, Russian, Turkish and Vietnamese)
  • Feb 2020 – Publication of outcomes from the PEERE data sharing meeting (Oct 2018)
    Reference: Squazzoni F. et al. Unlock ways to share data on peer review. Nature 578, 512-514 (2020) doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-00500-y
  • Sept 2019 – Leading roles by several EASE members in Peer Review Week
  • Oct 2018 – Participation in PEERE New Frontiers of peer review meeting: data sharing and research on peer review
  • May 2018 – Involvement in PEERE Peer Reviewer training school, Split, Croatia
  • Oct 2017 – Development of the EASE Peer Review Toolkit