Peer review is at the very foundation of academic research, yet we rarely have opportunities to discuss, examine, and assess the nuanced aspects and implications of this process. How did it develop? How does it affect our writing and research habits? Does the twentieth-century peer review model still work in the twenty-first century? This workshop is an open and critical discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the modern peer review process, with practical consideration of how it shapes our research and writing processes.
Not to bury the lede: the librarians think Peer Review is vital, important, and on-balance a very good thing.
That said, our goal is to critically consider:
We do not want you leaving this session feeling as though Peer Review is arbitrary or bad, nor do we want participants to leave assuming peer review is a flawless or immutable process. We want to stress that peer review is a process & communication, usually undertaken by well-meaning (if occasionally flawed) academic professionals.