Workshop: On the practice of peer reviewing
22 June 2013, 11h
Peer reviewing is becoming increasingly important as more and more institutions require researchers to publish within reviewed journals or edited volumes. Reviewing is a skill and practice that must be learned and utilised. When and how has peer reviewing been implemented in the humanities? Do best practices vary from those in the sciences, or from one national context to another? What are the implications on the job market?
This workshop will investigate the process of peer reviewing using NECSUS as a primary example. A panel of experts on the issue of peer reviewing and open access publishing will lead the discussion on such issues as maintaining the integrity of the review process, selecting reviewers, disseminating feedback to writers, and other topics of concern. Panelists include Vinzenz Hediger (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität), Natascha Drubek-Meyer (Film & Screen Media Editor, Art Margins Online), Francesco Pitassio (NECSUS Editorial Board), Patricia Pisters (NECSUS Editorial Board), and Greg de Cuir, Jr (NECSUS Editorial Board). Annie van den Oever (NECSUS Editorial Board) will moderate.
The workshop will begin with five-minute presentations from each panelist, in which they introduce the journals and volumes they edit and also their particular peer reviewing policy. Our moderator will then pose questions to the panel of experts which will focus on the following topics: the role of the peer reviewer; the role of the writer submitting to review; the role of the editor in judging/responding to reviews; best practices in writing peer reviews; journal policies on peer reviewing and the implications on research and employment; the ethics of the peer review process. The questions will generally follow the sequential narrative of the actual peer review process as it plays out in the journal editorial process. After the discussion of these various issues the floor will be open to questions. A member of the audience will be asked to record responses on a white board for the purposes of finding a preliminary list of best practices in peer reviewing. At the end of this workshop we will draw conclusions and begin to formulate a statement on best practices and ethics in peer reviewing for academic publications in the humanities, with a particular emphasis on film and media studies. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions and topics for discussion by email here.
Organised by the NECSUS Editorial Board