Here at Springer Nature, the Research Data Team have been delighted to see so much activity online and in the scientific community this #PeerReviewWeek18. We've been reading fantastic stories from the wider community of peer reviewers, editors, researchers, institutions and publishers, highlighting the vital role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality.
The data speaks for itself, approx. 5.9k tweets using #PeerReviewWeek18 so far. (Source: www.spredfast.com)
We count ourselves lucky that we have peer reviewers from diverse backgrounds - ensuring only the highest quality of research is published in our journals, books and databases. Nature's Scientific Data, one of our online-only, open-access journals that publishes descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets understand the integral role that peer review plays in the quality of published research, but know there is more work that we can do to champion diversity even further and empower referees, as such:
- We recently advised our Scientific Data Editorial Board members: for each manuscript you handle, consider inviting one additional 'untested' early-career researcher as a reviewer. We also provided them with information on unconscious bias in peer-review, and encouraged them to consider diversity and inclusion when selecting reviewers.
- We will continue to invite authors from a wide range of disciplines to publish their data - encouraging journal diversity.
- We will continue to empower our peer reviewers not to feel pressured into producing reports if key data are missing.
- Springer Nature will continue to provide and develop resources for our valued peer reviewers.
- The Nature Research journals Communications Chemistry, Biology and Physics announced the launch of a new reviewer of the month recognition program (Read the editorials from each: Chemistry, Biology and Physics).
From all of us here at Springer Nature, we would like to thank all of our peer reviewers for their hard work, rigorous peer review process, and ongoing commitment to publishing quality research and its associated data.