Academic peer review is a process of self-regulation of academic literature, by evaluation involving qualified individuals. Typically the peer review is completed prior to publishing of the article. Peer review aims to maintain standards, improve performance and provide credibility to the output of researchers. Scholarly literature provides dissemination and archiving of knowledge, quality control and credit for authors. Peer review concentrates on giving a form of quality control to the publishing of scholarly literature.
This workshop will examine the reasons for scholarly literature and the peer review process, and will concentrate on providing participants with a grounding in the methods of peer review. The workshop will investigate conflicts of interest, anonymity and alternatives to peer review, before introducing publishing vehicles such as Articles ASAP, Open Access and Errata and comments. The workshop will present suggestions with respect the first steps to getting started in the peer review process.
By the end of this workshop participants will:
• Have an understanding of the peer review system.
• Be aware of alternatives to anonymous peer review methods
• Identify methods of review
• Have an idea of some existing guidelines