Peer review is one of the most contentious aspects of academic publishing and frequently generates fierce opinions. However, these are often based on anecdotal evidence without assessing the system on a larger scale. Based at the University of Stirling, the Peer Review Project evaluates contemporary practices in the Arts and Humanities, considering the role and use of peer review in scholarly institutions and publishing processes. The project seeks to address five guiding questions:
- What are contemporary models of peer review?
- Where does peer review occur in the research and publication process?
- What is the role of peer review in institutional structures?
- How are reviewers guided towards writing useful feedback?
- What could peer review look like in the future?
The Peer Review Project is a strand of the Academic Book of the Future initiative and will conclude with recommendations for further research and a report on current and future models of peer review in the Arts and Humanities. It will also run a series of events in summer 2016, co-funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities:
A one-day event on academic publishing in the Arts and Humanities – see here for registration and further details: more info.
Doctoral training workshops on key topics in contemporary academic publishing, to be held in institutions across Scotland: more info.
- Stirling Publishing: http://www.publishing.stir.ac.uk/
- Academic Book of the Future: https://academicbookfuture.org/
- Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities: http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/