Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals is a thought-provoking series of brief books concerning innovation in the sphere of libraries, publishing, and technology in scholarly communication. The briefings, growing out of the vital conversations characteristic of the Charleston Conference and Against the Grain, will offer valuable insights into the trends shaping our professional lives and the institutions in which we work.
The Charleston Briefings are written by authorities who provide an effective, readable overview of their topics—not an academic monograph. The intended audience is busy nonspecialist readers who want to be informed concerning important issues in our industry in an accessible and timely manner.
Peer review is an essential aspect of scientific publishing. Yet, how familiar are most of us with the process of peer review? How long has peer review been considered a cornerstone of scientific publishing and what is it meant to accomplish? With so many changes in the realm of scholarly communication in the last twenty years, has the status of peer review also been challenged? Is peer review obsolete? These questions are fundamental to Peer Review: Reform and Renewal in Scientific Publishing. Publishers, researchers, librarians, vendors in the information sphere, and those who are passionate about science will all find much to interest them in this work.
Adam Etkin is an established leader in scholarly publishing with more than 20 years of experience and a true passion for the industry. He is highly experienced with all aspects of the STM environment, including submission and peer review, access models, funding mandates, publishing and hosting platforms, ethics, scholarly metrics, and more.
Thomas Gaston is a managing editor in the peer-review management department at Wiley (Oxford), where he supports many journal editorial offices. He has a doctorate from the University of Oxford and has published in books and journals.
Jason Roberts, PhD, is the senior partner at Origin Editorial, a peer-review management company. He is also the former president of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors. Dr. Roberts has been heavily involved in implementing strategies to improve both the quality of peer review and its effective deployment, with special interest in both biomedical and physics journals. He resides in Ottawa, Canada.