Peer Review Week 2023: Peer Review and the Future of Publishing

September 25, 2023

Peer Review Week 2023

Peer review is a critical process that screens, determines, and maintains the quality of the articles that a journal publishes. What started as a casual discussion between ORCID, ScienceOpen, PRE (Peer Review Evaluation), Sense about Science, and Wiley eventually became the Peer Review Week (PRW), which is celebrated every year in the last week of September. PRW 2023 is the ninth consecutive annual event.

It brings all stakeholders of the scholarly community together to participate in virtual events, activities, and conversations about the trends, advancements, and challenges in peer view. This event not only creates awareness but also highlights the contributions of numerous reviewers and editors. People share information about best practices, innovations, and the application of new tools that make peer review more efficient.

What Is Peer Review?

Soon after submission, a manuscript undergoes initial screening and checks to determine its suitability to the journal. Then the editor assigns it to a few experts in the same field to review the research work. They check the manuscript for authenticity, significance, and validity and provide feedback and comments with a recommended action: revise, accept, or reject. The editor makes a decision based on these inputs. A majority of researchers feel that the peer review process improves the quality of their work. It is this process that helps improve the impact factor of a journal, by ensuring an output of high-quality research work and maintaining that standard consistently.

The Theme of PRW 2023

The Steering Committee announced the theme for PRW 2023, which won the poll: “Peer Review and the Future of Publishing. Peer review is a constant within the dynamic publishing landscape, but it is not immune to changes that improve the process. As stated by the cochairs of PRW 2023, the publishing industry has seen changes in how research is conducted, the rise of Open Access and open science, the evolution of big data, natural language processing and artificial intelligence, and more. 

Peer Review in the Future

The peer review process has changed with time and adapted to the requirements of the publishing industry. There are many types of peer review, each with its own set of pros and cons. Research collaborations demand a pool of multidisciplinary reviewers; open science validates non-article research outputs, opening new ventures to explore; and modern tools shine a glimmer of hope toward reducing the burden of reviewers. 

Amnet Champions PRW

Nvcleus is Amnet’s end-to-end journal publishing platform that provides future-ready technological expertise for peer reviews. Its enhanced peer review management system optimizes the process’s workflow for ease of use and collaboration. Read more at “Nvcleus – An end-to-end journal publishing platform,” and embrace the future with a head start.