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Defining Transparency in Peer Review

14 September
The Francis Crick Institute, London

Peer Review Week (11th to 17th September) is a global event celebrating the role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. To mark Peer Review Week we will be running an event at the Francis Crick Institute in London, Europe’s largest single biomedical laboratory under one roof, exploring this year’s theme ‘Transparency in Peer Review’.

Transparency during the peer review of scientific articles raises many questions including what this actually means and how transparency is defined. Does it mean knowing who has peer reviewed an article, being able to read the full peer review reports, or both? Does an increased level of transparency mean improved quality in peer review?

Increasing transparency in peer review makes it possible for reviewers to get recognition for their work. This can be especially important in the case of co-reviewers who are often early career researchers. Transparency in peer review can also act as a training aid, as it allows inexperienced authors and reviewers to see the comments and questions that are raised during the peer review process.

The event will take the form of a panel discussion covering the various levels of transparency and the merits and challenges of each, followed by questions and answers with the audience. We hope that you can join us for at the Francis Crick Institute to help us explore the definition and impact of transparency in peer review during our panel discussion and informally in the reception afterwards.

Hashtag for the event will be #defntransp


18:00 - Registration

18:30 – Panel discussion followed by Q&A

19:30 – Wine and refreshments

20:30 – Close



Ananyo Bhattacharya, Science Correspondent, The Economist


Sabina Alam, Editorial Director, F1000 Platforms

Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research, Wellcome

Meghan Larin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Francis Crick Institute

Philippa Matthews, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford