2017 Peer Review Week

The 2017 Peer Review Week, which took place from September 11 to 17, focused on transparency in peer review, both in terms of experimenting with new models of peer review and increasing transparency within traditional blind peer review procedures.

The Peer Review Week (PRW) is a global event organized annually since 2015 with the aim of enhancing the quality and credibility of peer review and highlighting its role in maintaining scientific quality. It includes various online and in-person activities, such as webinars, interviews, presentations and social media activities. The First Peer Review Week was a result of an initiative undertaken by ORCID, ScienceOpen, Wiley and Sense About Science. The idea was later supported by publishers and non-for-profit organizations and the Organizing Committee currently includes 29 organizations.

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The launching of the 2017 PRW coincided with the Peer Review Congress (Chicago, IL, September 10–12). The programme and the abstracts of oral and poster presentations can be found on the website of the congress.

The organizers of the 2017 PRW ran a panel discussion as a satellite session following the Peer Review Congress. The panellists included researchers, publishers, funders, peer review innovators, and science commentators. The recording of the discussion is available on the PRW website.

The full list of Peer Review Week events and activities is available on the PRW website.

Peer-review related resources compiled during the 2016 PRW and 2017 PRW are available on the Peer Review Week resources page.

We would particularly like to draw your attention to the training resources for authors, reviewers and editors (‘How-Tos’ & Tutorials), as well as the resources on good practice and ethical standards (Best Practices & Guidelines section).

We also recommend:

  • The blog post authored by Milka Kostić, the Senior Editor of Cell Chemical Biology and Structure, describing the Cross-Review Pilot project, where, once the reviewers’ reports were complete, manuscript reviewers were offered the opportunity to read the comments of the other reviewers and provide additional feedback.
  • CrossRef’s announcement that it will enable DOI assignment to referee reports and author responses, as well as post-publication comments.
  • A webinar on the integration of peer review information in ORCID profiles.



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