Peer review, like the rest of the academic publishing landscape, is going through an era of change. There are many new approaches to peer review, too many to cover in an hour. Representatives from three of these new experiments will describe their efforts to improve the peer review process.
Peerage of Science: Janne-Tuomas Seppänen is co-founder and managing director of Peerage of Science. Janne focuses his presentation on quality in peer review. Authors, readers, publishers, libraries, and society need to be able to trust that peer review is done carefully. Too often, peer review gets done quickly, not carefully, because there are little incentives for excellence in peer reviewing work. Peerage of Science has developed a service - free for scientists, paid by publishers - that incentivizes quality, and also empowers authors and reviewers in an unprecedented way. This talk covers the "why", "how", and "then what" of the three social innovations at the core of the service: Open Engagement, Peer-Review-of-Peer-Review, and Concurrent Considerations.
eLife: Andy Collings worked at PLoS before joining eLife as Managing Editor in April 2012. He is now EXecutive Editor and oversees eLife's peer-review process. Andy discusses the ways eLife's review process has been designed to be constructive, fair, and efficient. He also introduces some experiments relating to peer review, and touch upon the areas we might be able to improve upon further in the future.
Rubriq: Jody Plank is the Product Manager of Rubriq. Before Rubriq, he earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, publishing a dozen papers. Jody will discuss the Rubriq approach to journal-independent peer review. In addition to introducing the Rubriq process, he covers the development and implementation of the Rubriq Scorecard approach to performing reviews. He also describes various ways Rubriq works with authors and journals, and the concept and of “Triple Blind” peer review.