Title: 5 - Increase Your Proficiency In Carrying Out Effective Peer-reviews
Peer-review plays a critical role in ensuring the quality of scientific literature. High quality reviews will safeguard against erroneous conclusions and misleading information that could waste a tremendous amount of time and money, as well as potentially causing harm.
Unfortunately, the literature reveals a high prevalence of reporting errors in biomedical publications, such as poorly written abstracts, flawed methods, inappropriate outcomes and conclusions that do not reflect the results. In addition, more than half of published studies fail to adhere to reporting guidelines.
This workshop aims to train and reinforce principles of peer-review in order to enable reviewers to efficiently and confidently evaluate the quality of the reports that they appraise, thereby improving the quality of peer reviews.
This workshop will incorporate peer review training modules from PUBLONS Academy. These modules will focus on various aspects of peer-review including, but not limited to, introduction and hypothesis, methodological assessment, result reporting (tables and figures), discussion and study limitations based on established checklists and guidelines.
Following the module presentations, participants will break into small groups to discuss and evaluate a research paper. The discussion moderators will utilize PUBLONS Academy training material to assist and guide the group discussions. Each group will focus on one section (Introduction, Methods, Results or Conclusions) of the selected paper and construct a mini review. At the end of the discussion, the groups will come to a consensus and formulate a decision for that potential publication. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will receive a peer-review training certificate produced in collaboration with PUBLONS.
- To improve the quality of peer reviews for the JDR and JDR CTR.
- To train reviewers in using checklists and other resources in the review process.
- To examine standards and principles in the peer review process with the goal to reduce waste and increase quality.
Financial Interest Disclosure: NONE