Peer Review Week 2019 – Quality In Peer Review


Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. The event brings together individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications. They organize virtual and in-person events, webinars, interviews and social media activities. The theme of Peer Review Week 2019 is Quality in Peer Review:

  • To emphasize the central role peer review plays is scholarly communication
  • To showcase the work of editors and reviewers
  • To share research and advance best practices
  • To highlight the latest innovation and applications

As past of this year’s conversation about peer review, two of the Editors-in-Chief for Pathogens and Disease, Dr Wilhelmina Huston and Dr Alfredo Garzino-Demo, took the time to share their considerable experience in organizing a high quality peer review process in scientific publishing:

FEMS Journals and Open Access

Embracing an Open Future

All but one of the FEMS journals are now fully open access (OA), with one journal, FEMS Microbiology Letters remaining a subscription journal with free-to-publish and OA options. Open access is key to supporting the FEMS mission of disseminating high quality research as widely as possible: when high quality, peer reviewed sound science is open access, anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection, can read it.

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