Peer Review Week Recap and New Partnership between ScholarOne and Publons

One of the growing topics within the discussion of peer review has been the recognition of reviewers and their work. This is clearly seen in the theme of last week’s Peer Review Week 2016: “Recognition for Review: exploring all aspects of how those participating in review activity – in publishing, grant review, conference submissions, promotion and tenure, and more – should be recognized for their contribution.”

Offering recognition for peer review (to varying levels of formality, measurability, and detail) can bring benefits to the research community. A number of organizations in the field are working to make that possible. For example, Publons works with reviewers, editors, and publishers to help peer reviewers track, verify, and showcase their peer-review activity. With this new partnership between Publons and ScholarOne, Publons will be harnessing ScholarOne’s API to equip publishers to easily credit their reviewers through the Publons platform (to the level of detail of their choosing).

“Peer review continues to be highly valued by researchers and scholars; simplifying how platforms like ScholarOne help publishers recognize this important work supports the entire scholarly community,” says Josh Dahl, Head of Publishing & Associations

By leveraging ScholarOne’s enterprise web services, the process of crediting peer review has been simplified, allowing all the various players – publishers, authors, and reviewers – to test new methods and practices that will eventually give way to new common practices.

Scholarly article review – like research itself – continues to be an evolving concept. As Aileen Fyfe outlines in her article on Times Higher Education, since the 18th century, control over content at the large British and French societies has involved more than one person, usually an editorial team. Prior to this, the power often rested with a single editor.  It wasn’t until the early 19th century that the peer review concept as we now know it came to be. Even then it wasn’t called “peer review,” a phrase that started appearing in the mid-20th century.

Over the past few years, various groups of researchers have called for more movement toward recognizing peer review activity, especially given specific issues in the research community, as Alice Meadows succinctly summarized in a post last year. Now, in 2016, as we contemplate the current and future role of peer review, we need to allow for its continued adaptation to the needs of the research community.

Last week, the ScholarOne team hosted a webinar with Publons and Wiley to talk about new efforts to recognize the contribution of peer reviewers. Josh Dahl was joined by Andrew Preston (CEO, Publons) and Miriam Maus (VP of Editorial Management, Wiley). You can access the webinar recording and presentation slides here.

Even though Peer Review Week is over for this year, we should remember to keep the #RecognizeReview conversation going as we continue to move forward in the research publishing space.