Thursday 12 September 2019, 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM (45 Min)

Open peer review is considered to be one of the pillars of Open Science and is a practice that is becoming more commonplace across the scholarly publishing world. Open peer review is currently being implemented in many different ways and there are a number of experiments underway that are designed to determine how best to deliver open peer review to best serve researchers working in different research areas and from across the career stages.

In this session we will hear from speakers about their involvement in initiatives designed to support the development and uptake of Open Science and about their efforts and views of the challenges that remain in taking open peer review – particularly from a scholarly publishing perspective – into the mainstream.

Speaker abstracts:

Matthew Hayes, Director of Publisher & Funder Growth, Publons
Abstract: ‘Transparent Peer Review: a practical solution to implement open peer review at scale’
How do we deliver transparency in peer review at scale for researchers, journals, and publishers? This talk will provide an overview of the Transparent Peer Review initiative: a cross-industry collaboration from Publons, Wiley and ScholarOne to develop a practical, scalable and flexible solution for journals to introduce open peer review to their publishing process. With minimal configuration needed to existing journal workflows, this is a friction-free, flexible way to open-up peer review at scale. For more info, see

Dr Bahar Mehmani, Reviewer Experience Lead, Elsevier
Abstract: ‘Publishing peer review reports and its impact on reviewer performance’
We examine the effect of publishing peer review reports on referee behavior in five scholarly journals involved in a pilot study at Elsevier. By considering 9,220 submissions and 18,525 reviews from 2010 to 2017, we measured changes both before and during the pilot and found that publishing reports did not significantly compromise referees’ willingness to review, recommendations, or turn-around times. Younger and non-academic scholars were more willing to accept to review and provided more positive and objective recommendations. Male referees tended to write more constructive reports during the pilot. Only 8.1% of referees agreed to reveal their identity in the published report. These findings suggest that open peer review does not compromise the process, at least when referees are able to protect their anonymity. (for more info see

Jadranka Stojanovski, Associate Professor, Department of Information Sciences, University of Zadar, Croatia
Abstract: ‘Taking the peer review out of the “black box“’
It is unquestionable that the peer review process is an essential part of the research assessment, shaping science and paving the way for future research. The anonymity of the reviewers and authors, the selectivity of the reviewers done by editors, multiple reviews and confidentiality are emphasized as its basic virtues. However, various studies proved that peer review is expensive, biased, unreliable, unable to detect errors, enabling non-ethical practices, not motivating, wasting knowledge and resources, and slowing down the publishing process. The present crisis could be solved by open peer review process where reviews are publicly available, and reviewers can disclose their identities. Shorter time of publishing process, easier identification of research misconduct, improved quality of the publication, improved review quality, and increased motivation of the reviewer are some of the advantages. We will discuss how different levels of peer review openness could enhance the quality of scholarly communication in general.

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Ms. Liz Allen
Director of Strategic Initiatives, F1000
Liz Allen is Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000 and involved in shaping new initiatives and partnerships to promote and foster open research. Prior to joining F1000 in 2015, she spent over a decade leading the Evaluation Team at the Wellcome Trust. Liz is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at King’s College London, with a particular interest in science policy research. Liz is a current Crossref Board Director, co-founder of CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) and serves on the Advisory Board for the Software Sustainability Institute.


Mr. Matthew Hayes
Director of Publisher & Funder Growth, Publons
Matthew is the Director of Publisher and Funder Growth at Publons, the world’s largest peer review platform and a part of the Web of Science Group. A former Director at Taylor & Francis and Springer Nature, he is also a part-time doctoral researcher at the Institute of Education on Global Citizenship Education.

Dr. Bahar Mehmani
Reviewer Experience Lead, Elsevier
Dr Bahar Mehmani is Reviewer Experience Lead in the Global Publishing Development department at Elsevier. She works on several reviewer-related projects, all of which are designed to recognize reviewers’ contribution to the progress of science. She is a member of New Frontiers of Peer Review (PEERE), and a council member of the European Association of Scientific Editors (EASE). Bahar is the chair of the organization committee of this year’s peer review week (. She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2010. Before joining Elsevier, she was a postdoc researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).

Jadranka Stojanovski
Associate Professor, Department of Information Sciences, University of Zadar, Croatia
Jadranka Stojanovski, PhD is the associate professor at University of Zadar and research librarian at Ruđer Bošković Institute. She holds MSc degree in physics and MSc and PhD in information sciences. She is the National Point of Reference on scientific information for Croatia, member of the SPARC Europe Board of directors and the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) Council. She is also representative and national coordinator (NOAD) in OpenAIRE Advance.

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