Sunday, November 14, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
What an awesome week Peer Review Week was! There have been many new firsts for the PRW 2021 Steering Committee. They include voting for the theme of PRW for the first time using a poll that the international community could take part in to have their say. Updating the Peer Review Week website. And holding the first Peer Review Week Panel discussion. It was an absolute honour for me to take part as a panelist. You can listen to the first Peer Review Week Panel discussion dedicated to the PRW 2021 theme of identity here:
It was also a great honour to contribute as a panelist to the Researcher Live - Edanz co-sponsored panel discussion in the Q&A on 'Identity in peer review'. You can listen to the panel discussion here: https://www.researcher-
Overall, we promoted 100 Unique Events and Activities During PRW 2021!
And we got 51 Organisations Involved in This Year’s Steering Committee!
Here are some more highlights from PRW 2021 in an overview:
More than 40 online webinars and training sessions, including “Finding a Place in the Peer Review Process,” organized by PRW Steering Committee members for early-career researchers.
Nearly 30 Blog posts
Over a dozen Videos
Plus 15 unique online publications, quizzes, surveys, podcasts, and audio clips.
View all activities here
PRW maintains an active social media presence on YouTube (400+ subscribers)
As of early September 2021, 64 Peer Review Week videos are available on YouTube.
PRW maintains an active social media presence on Twitter (@PeerRevWeek, ~3,000 followers)
During Peer Review Week 2021, the @PeerRevWeek Twitter account logged 280 new followers, 534 mentions, 23,800 profile visits, and 115,000 impressions.
For comparison: Peer Review Week 2020 logged 405 new followers, 734 mentions, 4,338 profile visits, and 118,000 impressions.
Please feel free to get in contact with the Peer Review Week Steering Committee if you would like to get involved!
Sunday, September 26, 2021
What a pleasure it was to contribute to the Researcher Live - Edanz co-sponsored panel discussion on 24th, the last day of Peer Review Week, and take part as a panelist in the Q&A on 'Identity in peer review'! What a perfect way to end Peer Review Week 2021! You can listen to it here:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
When I attended the workshop Quality and Peer Review organised by Sense about Science this spring I expected it to be an informative event where I could find out more about what peer review is. The content discussed, however made me realise the importance of peer review, which made me take a look at the guide by Sense about Science called 'The nuts and bolts' in peer review.
Thanks to my attendance I then found out about Peer Review Week. It was unbelievable to me that there could be a week dedicated to peer review and I just found out about it now. To explore how I could contribute to the week, I volunteered to join the Peer Review Week 2021 Steering Committee. I was welcomed by the co-chairs and since May I have been active as co-chair of the Marketing and Communications committee in helping the PRW steering committee team prepare a great PRW 2021. So far, I have found my experience really inspiring because we get to work as a team with different individuals and organisations from all over the world to support them in sharing their incredible events and activities they have put together to inform and educate everyone about peer review.
The timing couldn’t have been better as around the same time I also got the news that I had been accepted onto the first stage of the Nature communications ECR peer review program, which allowed us to attend a very insightful webinar organised by `Nature Communications editors on constructive peer review. The webinar was mind-opening and allowed me to understand the process of peer review in more depth. I recently got selected into the second stage of the Nature communications ECR peer review program. I’m looking forward to the hands-on experience of peer reviewing an article from the Nature portfolio with the support of a mentor. Completing the Nature Masterclass course on peer review also helped me to get practically ready for conducting peer review.
Anyone who would like to take part in PRW 2021, please take a look at the activities that are being organised during peer review week at https://peerreviewweek.wordpress.com/2021-peer-review-week-activities/
The theme of this year’s Peer Review Week revolves around identity. The scholarly kitchen at https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2021/09/17/ask-the-peer-review-week-steering-committee-what-does-identity-in-peer-review-mean-to-you/ recently put together a collection of quotes by members of the 2021 Peer Review Week Steering Committee about what identity in peer review means to them.
Here is what I said: ‘This year’s Peer Review Week’s theme is identity. What is identity? Identity is who we are. We are individuals who live at different levels, such as at the personal level, the professional level, the social level, the cultural level, and any other level. We might think that we use these different identities to connect with each other, for example, in our roles as an employee, a friend, a parent, a brother, a colleague. However, the truth is that it is through the diversity of our experiences and insights into life that we are able to connect with each other because at the spiritual level we are all one.
It is only by recognizing diversity that we can start celebrating humanity. When we acknowledge ourselves as who we truly are at the human level, we can promote peer review practices with inclusivity and equity and we can overcome any obstacle that might come our way. When we work through the process of peer review in a collaborative way, this is actually the moment when our identities, and our different backgrounds merge and we become one because peer review allows us all to come together in our shared aim to ensure high-quality research.
Recent events have shone light onto and emphasized our shared identity as human beings and we need to ensure that throughout Peer Review Week 2021 and beyond we develop a higher awareness as human souls for us to grow as authors and peer reviewers so that regardless of our earthly backgrounds, yes, we can express and show generosity, care, kindness, consideration and understanding as authors, peer reviewers, journal editors, publishers and readers.’
I also recommend the virtual panel discussion that is the first official 2021 Peer Review Week event that premiers today at 2PM BST https://peerreviewweek.wordpress.com/virtual-panel-finding-a-place-in-the-peer-review-process/
If you are interested in learning more about the process of peer review, I suggest starting with the guide here https://senseaboutscience.org/activities/peer-review-the-nuts-and-bolts/
And doing the course Nature Masterclass course focus on peer review here https://masterclasses.nature.com/focus-on-peer-review-online-course/16605550
I recommend you to find out more about suitable peer review courses that might be arranged in the professional scientific organisations that you are part of, and to talk to your supervisor and find out if you could start by co-revieiwing a paper with them.
It was an absolute honour to contribute to the virtual Peer Review Week 2021 panel discussion and I am delighted to contribute to ScienceTalks here http://talk.sciencenet.cn/?id=127 and to the Researcher Live - Edanz co-sponsored panel discussion on ‘Identity in peer review’ here https://www.researcher-app.com/paper/8756511
I’m looking forward to seeing you involved in peer review during Peer Review Week 2021 and beyond! Happy Peer Review Week 2021!
Sunday, September 19, 2021
As part of Peer Review Week 2021, I have been invited as a panelist to take part in the seventh ScienceTalks event to be held on the ScienceNet blog where the topic will be 'Navigating peer review feedback: How can authors respond to reviewer comments'.
Based on the topic, the event will be interesting for early-career researchers and therefore you can ask questions around dealing with peer review, knowing more about what reviewers expect, and understanding reviewers' comments such as the following:
• How to deal with the comments of reviewers;
• What to do if the author does not understand the reviewer’s comments;
• How the author responds to the reviewer's comments that he disagrees with;
• What to do if the author feels that the reviewer is biased/unfair;
• What is a good peer review;
ScienceNet blog is the Editage (CACTUS) ScienceNet account and the organisers are excited to be holding the event on 23rd September between 15:00-17:00 Bejing time that is 7.00 am to 9.00 am UTC. To find out more, have a look at their page at http://talk.sciencenet.cn/?id=127
I wish you Happy Peer Review Week 2021!
Friday, September 17, 2021
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