International Survey of Medical & Other Life Sciences Faculty: Opinion of the Peer Review Process

Jun 2017| PRG183A| Primary Research Group

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This 56-page report presents detailed data about what medical and other life sciences faculty from 50 major research universities think of the peer review process, and how they have experienced that process. The study gives data on the percentage of scholars who have participated as peer review referees over the past three years, how many times that they have done so, and what level of confidence they have in the peer review process. They give their opinions of the efficacy of blind review, double-blind review, and open review. It also pinpoints the percentage of faculty who have been paid for peer review, and the forms of compensation. In addition, the study presents precise data on the percentage of faculty who have been approached by open access journals to be reviewers, and the percentage who have been approached by digital repositories to serve the same role. Finally, the study reports on the opinion of the 175 scientists and scholars sampled about how the peer review process can be improved.

Data and analysis in the report is presented separately for cohorts broken out by ten criteria including academic title, academic department, gender, university size, university ranking, university host nation, university public/private status and other variables.

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