Elizabeth Moylan completed her PhD at the University of Oxford and worked as a post doc before moving into publishing. She is currently Biology Editor at BioMed Central, an open access publisher. In her role as Biology Editor, Elizabeth has editorial responsibility for the biology journals, oversees editorial polices and manages the peer review process.
Speaking at the recent Peer Review: The Nuts and Bolts workshop hosted by Sense about Science on April 25th, Elizabeth was asked to expand on the issue of ‘professional’ peer review, an interesting and novel topic for many in the audience. I asked Elizabeth to share her thoughts on this issue and others below:
What is ‘professional’ peer review?
ROOM UPDATE: BG03 in the ground floor – enter at Northampton Sq
Tomorrow we are hosting a panel discussion here at City University in London around the question ‘Is Peer Review Broken?’. We want to discuss the IF and HOW but even more so ‘How can we fix it?’
If you are actively involved in peer review, wheather you are a PhD student, postdoc, principal investigator or a publisher or if you are a journalist who wants to join the debate – come along!
Our panelists will be:
- Tom Reller | Vice President and Head of Global Relations at Elsevier
- Richard Van Noorden | Senior Reporter at Nature
- Tiago Villanueva | Editorial Registrar at the BMJ
- Maria Kowalczuk | Deputy Biology Editor at BioMed Central
- Peter Ayton | Associate Dean of Research at City University
- Nikolaus Kriegeskorte | Principal Investigator at the MRC, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
Chair: Connie St Louis | Director, City University Science Journalism MA and award winning journalist
Join the event, discuss with the panel and help to find constructive new ways for scientific peer review! There will be a panel discussion for 90 minutes and wine and nibbles after the event.
Follow the discussion before and after the event @peerrevwatch under the #prwdebate
Attendance is free but please register here at Eventbrite!
Location: City University London | EC1V0HB United Kingdom
Room BG03 [enter by Northampton Square, lower level]
The following video, from BioMed Central, addresses one question – ‘Is peer review broken?’ – that we will be addressing in our upcoming debate on the 2nd April ‘Peer review is broken, how do we fix it?’
You can find the original posting of the video here.