Diversity in Peer Review: Improving the Author Experience

A half-day conference with industry experts to help authors with peer review presented by Research Square and American Journal Experts (AJE)


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Join us for a half-day conference on peer review with industry experts from Wiley, the American Chemical Society, Cambridge University Press, the Workplace Equity Project, and Research Square! Authors will learn about diversity issues, challenges with speed in peer review, and open peer review. Participants will also hear about initiatives that are being implemented and technologies that are being explored to improve the peer review process. From this conference, authors can expect to gain a better understanding of the state of peer review and receive information that they can apply to help them as both authors and peer reviewers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

8:45 AM - 12:15 PM EDT (Washington, DC, USA time)

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This event is FREE to all attendees, and there are multiple ways to participate.

Option 1: Attend via your computer from anywhere in the world. 

Link and login to our broadcast platform to be provided after you sign up.

Option 2: Attend in person at our headquarters in North Carolina. Network with your peers and publishing professionals. 

601 W. Main Street, Suite 201 Durham, NC, USA, 27701

Recording will be available to registrants after the event.

 Food and beverages to be provided.

Session and Speaker Information

8:45 - 9 a.m. ET - Opening Remarks - Damian Pattinson, Research Square

9 - 9:45 a.m. ET - Voices for Change in Scholarly Publishing - Susan Spilka, Workplace Equity Project

Study after study has shown that diverse teams are more innovative and achieve better outcomes than homogeneous ones. Yet unconscious bias pervades all corners of the scholarly publishing community, which still has male-dominated leadership, a majority-female workforce, and very few people of color at any level. Earlier this year the Workplace Equity Project (WE), an independent, nonprofit organization that advances diversity, inclusion, and equity conducted the WE Survey and gathered data on workplace experience and practice from a global community of 1,182 individuals. WE co-founder Susan Spilka will share some of what they learned. She will also share insights on what we can each do now, as individuals and organizations, to promote inclusivity in our workplaces and workflows.   

10 - 10:30 a.m. ET - What’s Taking So Long? - Dr. Chrissy Prater, Research Square

Dr. Chrissy Prater is a Senior Product Development Coordinator with Research Square's Editorial Services division, which focuses on evaluating research quality and reporting quality in scientific manuscripts. In this session, she will discuss why a journal may be taking a long time to review and decide on your manuscript and how a new approach to peer review for sound research journals can help editors get first decisions back to authors faster. 

10:30 - 11 a.m. ET - Innovations in Peer Review - Damian Pattinson, Research Square

Open Peer Review (OPR) means many different things, from sharing of anonymous reviews post-publication, to fully transparent review of manuscripts in real time. There has been growing interest in OPR from funders and institutions over the past few years, driven in part by the rise of preprints, so that now most funder publishing models require the most open forms of review. In this talk, Dr. Pattinson will summarise the different forms of OPR and talk about the work that Research Square has been doing to support and promote it.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET - Publisher’s Panel - Emily Marchant, Cambridge University Press | Kristin McNealy, WILEY | Ben Mudrak, American Chemical Society

Quality, transparency and rigour in the peer review process are the foundation on which research publishing is built. Emily Marchant, Author Services Manager at Cambridge University Press, will talk about the ways in which these qualities are upheld – in our traditional practices but also via new developments in blockchain technology that are enabling us to tackle long-standing challenges in the peer review process.

One year ago, the American Chemical Society launched Reviewer Lab, a free educational course on peer review. Ben Mudrak, Product Manager at ACS, will share some data and feedback about Reviewer Lab from researchers around the world and highlight new features designed to foster greater participant diversity.

Kristin McNealy will discuss current initiatives to uphold and improve the transparency, diversity, and efficiency of the peer review process across the broad array of journals published by Wiley.

Susan Spilka
Workplace Equity Project

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Chrissy Prater, PhD
Product Development Coordinator
Research Square

Damian Pattinson, PhD
VP, Publishing Innovation
Research Square

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Emily Marchant
Author Services Manager
Cambridge University Press

Kristin McNealy, PhD
Director of Author Product Strategy & Operations, WILEY

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Ben Mudrak, PhD
Product Manager
American Chemical Society (ACS)

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