Peer reviewed journals are the bedrock of the scholarly publishing system. Peer review is the process that ensures an article’s authors have used proper methods, cited previous work appropriately, and made logical and supported conclusions. Peer reviewers are primarily faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who volunteer their time to move scholarship forward by critiquing their colleagues’ work. Peer Review Week is a time to acknowledge this important work and consider ways to improve it.
The theme of this year’s Peer Review Week is Diversity in Peer Review. We all know there are challenges with diversity and representation in higher education. This is a chance to reflect on those challenges within scholarly publishing. Below are some resources with more information about peer review and/or diversity in publishing. If you’re more interested in how peer review works, you can see an older blog post for some basics.
- Articles about peer review in scholarly publishing in Academic Search Ultimate
- Books about peer review in Catalyst
- Peer Review Collection in The Scholarly Kitchen, a blog by the Society for Scholarly Publishing
Diversity in Academic Publishing