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.
Editorial Innovations | Keywords: peer review, journals, process, transparency, editors, submissions