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
Forum Peer 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

  • September 2020 – EASE regional chapter in Croatia and Turkey organized series of webinars about trust in peer review during the peer review week.
  • September 2020 – Several members participated in the YouTube channel of the Peer Review week (link).
  • August 2020 – EASE regional chapter members translated the ‘Get involved’ announcement for the peer review week (link).
  • July 2020 – Bahar hosted the STM Association webinar to present the first draft of the peer review taxonomy (link), the recorded webinar is hosted on EASE YouTube Channel (link).
  • June 2020 – EASE regional chapter members provided translations of the Peer Review Week press release, (Croatian, Russian, Turkish and Vietnamese).
  • June 2020 –  Bahar organized and hosted a panel discussion on the role of preprints and independent peer review services in crisis times during the EASE virtual conference (link).
  • January 2020 – Bahar co-chaired the Events and International committee of the Peer Review Week and engaged with EASE regional chapters.
  • Feb 2020 – Publication of outcomes from the PEERE data sharing meeting in collaboration with members (Ana, Duncan, Flaminio and Bahar) (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 – Bahar co-chaired the organizing committee of the Peer Review Week.
  • Sep 2019 – Duncan create a YouTube channel for Peer Review Week, which by September 2020 received over 300 subscribers.
  • 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.