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Thursday, February 16 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Addressing problems in peer review

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Peer review is caught at a critical moment. The ever-growing number of submissions to journals requires 2-3 reviewers per reviewed manuscript, and, frankly, it feels like the system is at breaking point. Review requests seem to be concentrated on older, white, western males - with whole continents under-represented in the process - and academics can barely afford the time these days to devote to 'free' labour when their own research positions are under scrutiny and uncertain. It's not unusual nowadays to hear of papers with significant delays to editorial decision simply because the editorial office can't find 2 or 3 qualified reviewers to agree to review it. Desk rejects are becoming more common, not because of content, but because reviewers can't be found.

So, what is the answer? Open review platforms, paying reviewers, payment in kind, wider reviewer pools, new forms of review? We'll be discussing all of these and more. Join us!

Notes Document

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Jasmine Wallace

Senior Production Manager, Public Library of Science
Jasmine Wallace is the Senior Production Manager at the Public Library of Science (PLOS).  She is responsible for the production processes and day to day production and publication operations for the PLOS journal portfolio. Previously, she was the Peer Review Manager at the American... Read More →

Frederick Atherden

eLife Sciences

Tim Vines

CEO, DataSeer
Tim Vines is the Founder and CEO of DataSeer. Prior to that he founded Axios Review, an independent peer review company that helped authors find journals that wanted their paper. He was the Managing Editor for the journal Molecular Ecology for eight years, where he led their adop... Read More →

Adam Mastroianni

Author of Experimental History, Experimental History

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Chris Leonard

Director of Strategy & Innovation, Cactus Communications
Chris has worked at the interface of publishing and technology in a variety of roles at Current Science, Elsevier, BioMed Central, Qatar Foundation, Emerald, and now Cactus Communications. His passion is making technology useful, usable, and accessible for academic researchers and... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2023 11:00am - 12:15pm EST