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Thursday, November 8 • 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Peer Review: Increasing Transparency in Standards and Practices

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This session will feature a panel of scholarly publishers and research librarians reporting on recent efforts to increase the degree of transparency in the standards and practices of peer review used by scholarly publishers—and the communication of these practices to readers through the use of effective signaling systems (patterned on Creative Commons) and the development of metadata standards. Inspired by the assertion of the “Principles of Emerging Systems of Scholarly Publishing”—also known as the “Tempe Principles”— that “the system of scholarly publication must continue to include processes for evaluating the quality of scholarly work[,] and every publication should provide the reader with information about the evaluation the work has undergone,” participants in this panel have taken part in an ongoing project, funded by the Open Societies Foundation and supported by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, to propose standard definitions of various kinds of peer review and a system of signaling to readers and cataloguers just how a given work has been reviewed. At present, many cataloguing systems offer patrons a peer review "filter," which often yields misleading results -- being typically based on journal titles. In a moment when scholarly authority is being challenged, making clear the warrants for the claim scholarly publishers make for the quality of what they publish is in the interests of all stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem.


Mark Edington

Director, Amherst College Press, Amherst College
The Amherst College Press is an open access, digital first scholarly press focused on providing excellent and accessible scholarship in the humanities and the arts. We're focused on offering a constructive, high-impact, rigorous alternative for authors that is sympathetic to digitally... Read More →

Angela Gibson

Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Assn
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Charles Watkinson

Associate University Librarian, University of Michigan
I'm AUL for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. I'm particularly interested in next-gen institutional repositories, the future of ebook collections and acquisitions, and how books can also get to participate in the networked digital... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:40pm - 4:20pm EST
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401, USA