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To address problems with the peer-review process, many journals have experimented with open_science_logodifferent types of peer-review models. Open peer review was adopted by several journals in order to encourage transparency in the process, and there are now a number of different ways in which this is implemented. By Axel Cleeremans (ULB), Chief Editor for Frontiers in Psychology, Louisa Flintoft, Executive Editor, BMC In-House Journals.

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open peer review at BMC

  1. 1. Experiences of Open Peer Review at BMC Dr Louisa Flintoft, Executive Editor BMC Series and Flagship journals 22.10.2018 IllustrationinspiredbytheworkofChienShiungWu
  2. 2. 1 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 BMC: who we are • Pioneers of Open Access publishing, since 1999 • Publish >250 journals across all fields of science, technology and medicine • Innovation is a core value, including Open Peer Review
  3. 3. 2 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 What I will cover 1 What is Open Peer Review at BMC? 2 Benefits of Open Peer Review 3 Why aren’t all our journals Open Peer Review? 4 Transparent Peer Review as an alternative 5 Other peer review initiatives at BMC
  4. 4. 3 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 What is Open Peer Review at BMC? If a paper is published, the peer review reports are also published The reports are signed by the reviewer (with a few exceptions) Even if the paper is not published, the authors can see who provided the reports Authors’ responses to reviewers are also published Open Peer Review is mandatory on our journals that operate this model
  5. 5. 4 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 What this looks like
  6. 6. 5 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 What this looks like
  7. 7. 6 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 What this looks like
  8. 8. 7 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 • 66 of our journals use this form of peer review as standard • This includes all of the BMC Series journals in the areas of medicine and health research • And 22 other BMC journals in medicine, biomedicine, dentistry, education, environmental science, life sciences and public health Which BMC journals operate Open Peer Review? • BMC Cancer • BMC Cardiovascular Disorders • BMC Health Services Research • BMC Infectious Diseases • BMC Medicine • BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders • BMC Public Health • Etc The BMC Series medical and health journals: Other BMC journals, including:
  9. 9. 8 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 Benefits of Open Peer Review Transparency Quality Recognition Education Open peer review
  10. 10. 9 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 Transparency. Readers can see: Who provided the reviews Exactly what the reports said How the authors responded
  11. 11. 10 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 Quality of reports Greater accountability of reviewers More thorough reports More constructive comments
  12. 12. 11 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 Recognition Peer review takes time and effort Open peer review allows recognition for providing this service Peers, institutes, funders can see the work
  13. 13. 12 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 Education Constructive peer review is a skill Junior researchers can learn from Open Peer Review Also useful to see how authors respond to reviewers
  14. 14. 13 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 Why don’t all our journals use Open Peer Review? Different communities have difference preferences Reviewers worry about criticizing others in their field More research is needed on the benefits of Open Peer Review
  15. 15. 14 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 Transparent peer review • Transparent peer review: reports are published but signing is not compulsory • More suitable for some communities?
  16. 16. 15 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 Other innovative peer review approaches at BMC • Visit https://www.biomedcentral.com/about/advancing-peer- reviewEmail
  17. 17. 16 BioMed Central PowerPoint presentation title / 00.00.2017 16 The story behind the image Chien Shiung Wu (1912–1997) Chien Shiung Wu was a Chinese American experimental physicist best known for conducting The Wu experiment that bears her name. This experiment showed that the conservation of parity was violated by a weak interaction and it was possible to distinguish between a mirrored variation of the world and the mirror image of the current world. This discovery earned Wu the Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978. Thank you For further information: https://www.biomedcentral.com/about /advancing-peer-review

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