At the Wiley Editor Symposium in Hoboken NJ, on March 29, 2019, discussion leaders Alexandra Cury (Editor, Editorial Management) and Katie Simmons (Managing Editor, Content Review) led a workshop centred around five principles for better peer review: Integrity, Ethics, Fairness, Usefulness, and Timeliness. These principles are described in the journal article, “What does better peer review look like?” recently published in Learned Publishing and authored by a group of dedicated Wiley colleagues. Using the conclusions of the paper as a starting point, a Better Peer Review (BPR) Self-Assessment tool was developed. An overview and instructions on how to access the tool were presented to the 50 editors-in-chief (representing a diverse range of subject areas) that were in attendance.
Keeping with the Symposium theme of "Diversity & Inclusivity" the workshop additionally explored how expanding the reviewer pool to make better use of the global research community can deliver greater efficiency in peer review, and how offering referrals can greatly improve the author experience regardless of outcome. Use of new "smart" tools designed to help editors optimize workflows was also discussed, as were some brief tips on avoiding ethical mishaps.
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