What is Peer Review Week?
Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. The event brings together individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications. You can find more information about Peer Review Week here.
Portland Press & Peer Review Week 2016
Following the success of the first Peer Review Week last year, we are thrilled to see it returning this September.
Last year, we got involved in Peer Review Week and celebrated the fundamental role of peer review in maintaining scientific quality and facilitating scholarly publications.
We are committed to peer review and the role it plays in enabling the sharing of quality life science research. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the peer review process, and pride ourselves on our rigorous and objective reviewing process across the whole of our portfolio.
We are also indebted to our reviewers. In the first half of 2016 over 1400 scientists provided reviews for manuscripts submitted to our journals. Across the Portland Press portfolio, on any given day, there are over 100 reviews underway, with each round of peer review taking on average 17 days.
Of course, peer review takes place all year round, and we’ve been busy working on several new projects like the transition of our journals to a new and improved peer review system (from eJournalPress) and, to ensure transparency of our publishing process, refining our editorial policy, which can be found here.
Today sees the start of the “Recognition for Review” themed Peer Review Week and we are taking this opportunity to honour all those participating in review activity for their contribution.
Commenting on the contribution that our reviewers make, Professor Richard Reece, Chair of the Portland Press Board said:
“Portland Press is committed to providing a smooth and efficient peer-review process for authors and our reviewers.
On behalf of Portland Press I would like to thank our reviewers, all of whom have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in our journals. Thank you.”
Throughout the week, Portland Press will be highlighting the great work that all of our reviewers and Editorial Board members do. Their efforts not only keep the standards of the scientific record and our journals at a high level, but in many cases inspire new lines of scientific investigation and help our authors to improve the quality of their articles.
Follow the hashtags #PeerRevWk16 and #RecognizeReview on Twitter to keep up to date with everything going on during Peer Review Week 2016!