Peer Review Week 2016: recognition for review

Theme: Recognition for Review | How you can get involved | Recent activities | Your Peer Review

Peer review is a topic we at FEMS discuss frequently , and we are keen to contribute to this campaign as part of the ongoing activities. Towards the end of 2015 we produced a video celebrating our reviewers and to celebrate the campaign in 2016, we have carried out a survey in partnership with scientists at the University of East Anglia and sent in a post for the OUP Blog. In the Peer Review Week of 2016 we published a Commentary based on a survey we performed with Oxford University Press (OUP), and researchers from the UK’s University of East Anglia (UEA) and invited our reviewers and editors to wear their crown with pride. There will be more activities to follow, so please come back to this page to stay updated!

P.S. Have a look at this article on Peer Review in FEMS Microbiology Letters

Theme: Recognition for Review

The second annual Peer Review Week, held from 19 – 25 September has been a time to celebrate the contribution of so many scientists in this voluntary but vital part of the scientific process.  Peer review improves the quality of scientific publications, helps funders identify the best work, and supports career progression.

This international week, in 2016 organized by publishers, ORCID and scholarly societies, provides a great opportunity to discuss some of the important issues that peer review raises. How can it be maintained as publications and funding applications increase; how can we better recognize scientists who give their experience, time and energy; how should we respond to new challenges and new models of publishing.

This year’s theme was Recognition for Review, exploring all aspects of how those participating in review activity – in publishing, grant review, conference submissions, promotion and tenure, and more – might be recognized for their contribution.

The first Peer Review Week in 2015 was a great success, and we are delighted that it is being continued.

Our hope is that by building on the events and discussion around Peer Review Week, this critical issue will equally start to get more meaningful attention, and to push peer review up the science policy agenda.” – Cath Cotton,  OUP Blog

How you can get involved
  • Online and face-to-face events are listed at the 2016 Peer Review Week website
  • Share your views, ideas and experiences through blogs and Twitter hashtags #RecognizeReview and #PeerRevWk16
  • Record your own peer review at Publons, and link it to your unique researcher ID at ORCID
Recent activities
Press release (PDF)


Overview and agenda







Your Peer Review

In 2015, we produced a video about how our journals contribute to our grants program and other activities, and the role our reviewers and editors play in making these things happen. Now, we’d like to produce a video about you and how you do peer review. Please send us your image / images of you and your team in peer review mode so we can let everyone know!

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