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Maintaining Quality Peer Review in Times of Change

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.
Release Date: 07/13/2020
Editorial Innovations | Keywords: peer review, journals, process, transparency, editors, submissions
Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing--available at your convenience. New video presentations will be released each week; free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed asynchronously, but registrants can also interact with presenters and fellow audience members during live screenings! Videos will be offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Dana Compton

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Editorial Director, American Society of Civil Engineers

Jennifer Regala

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Managing Editor, American Society of Plant Biologists

Jennifer Regala is the Managing Editor for The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology at the American Society of Plant Biologists in Rockville, MD. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, she worked at a Washington, DC-based trade association. She then began her scholarly publishing career at Cadmus Journal Services in Linthicum, MD, working on multiple society journal titles. She spent several years as a freelance STM copyeditor before landing at Sheridan Journal Services, first as a Production Specialist, then a Senior Production Specialist, and finally a Publishing Services Group Leader. After a brief career detour in real estate management with Coldwell Banker Residential Services, Jennifer is back where she belongs: in the scholarly publishing world as the Managing Editor at the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Karen Stanwood

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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.

Michelle English

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Director of Operations, J&J Editorial

Michelle is the Director of Operations at J&J Editorial, which offers professional peer review management, production, copyediting, and consulting services to the scholarly publishing industry. At J&J, Michelle is responsible for the daily operations of the company, as well as working with other executive leadership to execute the company’s mission and strategic goals. Michelle is the Vice President of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors, serves on the Career Development Committee for the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and is active in the SSP Mentorship Program. She has worked in various editorial office roles since 2010 and prior to that was an editor of scientific and medical textbooks. She holds a master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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.