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Peer review


Briefing paper

Preprints in the spotlight: establishing best practices, building trust

Preprints have been getting a lot of attention recently. The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored the importance of speedy dissemination of research outcomes. The purpose of this issue brief is to provide an overview of the preprint landscape in the first half of 2020 as...
Journal article

Ten hot topics around scholarly publishing

The changing world of scholarly communication and the emerging new wave of ‘Open Science’ or ‘Open Research’ has brought to light a number of controversial and hotly debated topics. This article aims to provide a baseline evidence framework for ten of the most contested topics...

Simon Birmingham’s intervention in research funding is not unprecedented, but dangerous

Birmingham has defended his intervention, suggesting most Australian taxpayers would prefer funding be directed to other research.
Journal article

Scholarship as an open conversation: utilizing open peer review in information literacy instruction

By investigating the peer-review process as part of scholarly conversations, this article provides a brief literature review on peer review in information literacy instruction, and argues that by using open peer review (OPR) models for teaching, library workers can allow students to gain a deeper...
Journal article

Advancing an open ethos with open peer review

The author discusses the rise of an open ethos in LIS and makes the case for shifting to an open peer review process for LIS journals.
Journal article

OPRM: Challenges to including open peer review in open access repositories

The peer review system is the norm for many publications. It involves an editor and several experts in the field providing comments for a submitted article. The reviewer remains anonymous to the author, with only the editor knowing the reviewer's identity. This model is now...

Using Gateway reviews to support public sector projects

Every year, government agencies invest hundreds of millions of dollars in new products and services. Ministers need to know that there is a system for encouraging and providing adequate incentives for the effective and efficient use of capital resources.

Bogus scholarly society agrees to publish papers without peer review

Background Briefing exposes the predatory practices of an open access publisher that claims to be one of Sydney's leading scientific associations.

The metric tide: report of the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management

Executive summary This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management. The review was chaired by Professor James Wilsdon, supported by an independent and multidisciplinary group of experts in scientometrics, research funding, research...

Grey literature review code

This is a set of review codes suggested as a simple way of indicating to readers of grey literature that a review process that has been undertaken and what that has entailed.

Open access fifth report of session 2013–14

The UK Government’s commitment to increasing access to published research findings, and its desire to achieve full open access, are welcome however, whilst Gold open access is a desirable ultimate goal, focusing on it during the transition to a fully open access world is a...

Peer review: a guide for researchers

This new guide provides researchers with an understanding of how peer review works and highlights some of the issues surround the current debates about the peer review process. The growth in the size of the research community and of the volumes of research being undertaken...

Involving students in peer review: Case studies and practical strategies for university teaching

This guide has been developed as a resource for teaching staff and course/subject coordinators who are considering integrating student peer review in their subjects. While the case studies and tools described in this booklet are specific to the University of Melbourne, the discussion has broad...