What is the future of peer review in ecology?

For the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2016 the BES Publications team will be holding a panel debate on the future of peer review in ecology. Find out how you can get involved in this debate here.

What is the role of peer review in scientific research? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different models of peer review? What recognition should be available for reviewers? How is the peer review landscape changing? If you find yourself asking these questions, this workshop is for you!

Peer review is critical to the research process, but is also the subject of much criticism and debate. Review bias, reviewer recognition and the discovery of peer review rings are recent examples of topics widely discussed by the scientific community. Many peer review models and experiments have emerged across scientific disciplines with the aim of improving the review process, often leading to more questions than answers. To discuss the issues surrounding peer review with our panel of experts, come along and add your voice to the debate.

Panel members:

  • Jane Hill (Chair) (Professor of Ecology at the University of York, Chair of BES Publications Committee)
  • Allen Moore (Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia, Editor-in-Chief Ecology and Evolution)
  • Patricia Morse (Managing Editor American Naturalist)
  • Elizabeth Moylan (Senior Editor at BioMed Central)
  • Nate Sanders (Professor of Macroecology at the University of Copenhagen, Senior Editor Journal of Animal Ecology)
  • Andy Robinson (Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Society Services at Wiley)

Questions are welcomed on the day and in advance through Twitter using the hashtag #BESpeerreview or by email to Alice@BritishEcologicalSociety.org. For those, who can’t make the meeting, output from the session will be available on the BES website in early 2017.

There is lots more information about all of the workshops, talks, social events and other ways you can get involved at the meeting on the BES Annual Meeting website.

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