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Karen Stanwood

Karen Stanwood

Director, Electronic Publishing and Production, SLACK Incorporated
Karen Stanwood is Director, Electronic Publishing and Production, Health Care Books and Journals at SLACK Incorporated. Her role focuses on overseeing and refining journal production workflows, managing technical implementation for vendor/partner content and metadata distribution, enhancing peer review system workflows, and writing and instituting internal standard operating procedures. She is Deputy Co-Chair of the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Career Development Committee where she helps manage the Mentorship Program and oversees New Initiatives. She is also a member of the Council of Science Editors (serving on the Professional Development Committee) and the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors.

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Maintaining Quality Peer Review in Times of Change


Release Date: 07/13/2020, Jennifer Regala, Dana Compton, Karen Stanwood, Michelle English

Related to the topic of maintaining quality peer review when journals undergo structural changes and workflow adjustments, this session will feature a ‘fireside chat’ approach to sharing the panelists’ individual experiences. First, it will highlight pragmatic approaches when journals experience high submission rates and what this means for editors, reviewers, and editorial support teams. Then, it will discuss moving toward transparent and open peer review, including what structural changes are involved and how editors and journals can ensure that peer review quality is maintained during this transition. Finally, it will delve into what editors and operational staff should consider before, during, and after moving to a new peer review submission system, specifically what workflow impacts to expect and how to uphold quality during the process. The intention of this session is to ‘look back to look forward’ and to begin defining best practices in an ever-evolving peer review landscape of new trends, workflows, functionality, and, most recently, new challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.