Peer Review Week is scheduled for September 10-15, 2018. This year’s theme is Diversity in Peer Review. The Scholarly Kitchen reminded us of this unique event in their post, “#PeerReviewWeek18 Is Coming!

Reviewers play a pivotal role in scholarly publishing. The peer review system exists to validate academic work, helps to improve the quality of published research, and increases networking possibilities within research communities. Despite criticisms, peer review is still the only widely accepted method for research validation and has continued successfully with relatively minor changes for some 350 years.

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.

With diversity being the them, they are hoping that, as well as taking the broadest possible approach to the topic of diversity, this year’s Peer Review Week will also be more diverse and inclusive in terms of the organizations participating.

Melody K. Smith

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