Peer Review Week 2018: new and revised COPE resources

Peer Review Week 2018 offered us an opportunity to consider this year’s theme of Diversity in multiple ways and to reflect on what gaps in our resources might exist. Here is a list of what we reviewed, completed, and revised related to peer review.

Listen to our podcast of an interview conducted by Charon Pierson, Secretary of COPE, with Professor Andy Hor,  Vice President of Research at Hong Kong University. This podcast explores some of the formal and informal ways that institutions contribute to diversity in the pool of peer reviewers by admitting a global and diverse population of potential researchers to undergraduate and graduate education. 

Please take part in our survey which focuses more specifically on diversity and inclusion in peer review processes. Taking part in this survey helps COPE determine how we can best serve member needs:

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The COPE eLearning module on Reviewer Misconduct has been revised, peer reviewed and updated. Although eLearning is a member benefit, this module will be freely available to all for the month of September. We are also in the process of translating this module to Spanish and will alert members when that is completed.

Peer reviewers come from many countries and speak many languages. We have revised and updated our Spanish translations of content for launch during PRW. The newly revised translations include: Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers; What to consider when asked to peer review (infographic); How to spot potential manipulation of the peer review process (infographic). Several flowcharts have also been updated and translated into Spanish but they are in the peer review process now and will be posted when approved. COPE has packaged its Spanish translations of resources related to peer review into a  handy booklet.

COPE has approved endorsement of the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines. The guidelines foster transparency, inclusivity and standardization of reporting on sex and gender information and can be used by peer reviewers to improve their reviews.

COPE Secretary, Charon Pierson