For Peer Review Week 2020, we speak with Dr Mario Malički, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Research Integrity and Peer Review on the importance of building trust and ensuring transparency in research and how the peer review process continues to evolve.
Peer Review Week 2020 takes place September 21-25, with this year’s featured theme — “Trust in Peer Review” — dedicated to highlighting the importance of building trust in research.
To mark the occasion, we spoke with Dr Mario Malički, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Research Integrity and Peer Review, about the peer review process, transparency and how it continues to evolve.
What is peer review and why is it important?
Peer review is a quality control mechanism for scholarly research. It is a process that involves independent experts evaluating research proposals or completed projects of researchers. The experts themselves are also often researchers, and have similar skills, competencies and education to those whose work or proposals they are evaluating – this is why they are regarded as peers.