Recognizing peer reviewers: A webinar to celebrate editors and researchers

About this video

To mark Peer Review Week 2016, the Elsevier Researcher Academy and Sense about Science joined forces to put the process under the microscope. In this webinar recording, three expert presenters discuss the current state of peer review….and what we can do to secure its future.

Julia Wilson of Sense About Science, a charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life, looks at why peer review matters, particularly to the public, and highlights lessons learned from a 2009 survey.

Professor Luisa F. Cabeza has reviewed more than 700 manuscripts. She talks about why reviewing is important to a researcher and the many benefits she has gained. She also reassures early career researchers that the more you review, the less time a manuscript takes you, so, “I’m too busy” is not an excuse!

Finally, Professor Fei Chen, Editor of Material Science and Engineering A, explores the opportunities for seasoned reviewers and editors to share their knowledge with those starting out.

You’ll come away with new insight into the peer review process and a clear understanding of why your contribution is vital to keep this heart of the publishing cycle beating healthily. 

About the presenters

Julia Wilson

Director of Operations, Sense about Science, Sense about Science

Julia is Director of Operations at Sense about Science. She oversees Sense about Science's fundraising and the planning and management of the organisation. Julia launched the Ask for Evidence campaign in Boston in February 2013 and oversaw the launch of the US version of our public guide to peer review. She previously coordinated the Voice of Young Science programme where she headed a campaign that pressured the W.H.O. to respond to the promotion of homeopathy for serious diseases in Africa, and has held many Standing up for Science media workshops in the UK and internationally including South Africa. Julia has a degree in Biology from the University of Manchester and joined the Sense about Science team in April 2009. Read Julia's articles.

Luiza Cabeza

Professor of Thermal Engineering, University of Lleida

Professor Luisa F Cabeza (born 1967) is a full Professor of Thermal Engineering at the University of Lleida (Spain), where she leads the research group GREA, an internationally recognised research group in thermal energy storage.
She graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and in Industrial Engineering in 1993 at the University Ramon Llull (Barcelona, Spain). She got a MBA in 1995 and a PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1996 at the same university. From 1996 to 1998, she held a postdoctoral position at the ERRC-ARS-USDA in Philadelphia (USA). In 1999, she joined the University of Lleida.
Her research interests are thermal energy storage, energy efficiency and renewable energies, and buildings and industrial applications. Professor Cabeza is very active in working groups of the International Energy Agency, is the Thermal Storage Focus Leader of the Renewable Heating and Cooling European Platform and has participated in the Special Report on Renewable Energy of the IPCC and on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).
She has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, has co-authored one book, edited one and co-edited five more. She has reviewed many papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Fei Chen

Editor of Material Science and Engineering A- Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology

Dr Fei Chen is currently professor of Wuhan University of Technology, editor of Material Science and Engineering A- Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, and member of the American Ceramic Society.

He has earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology in 2004 and his PhD degree in Materials Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology in 2009. He visited University of California Davis during 2007-2008 as a visiting PhD student and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during 2014-2015 as a visiting scholar, respectively.

Since 2009, he works in State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, as an assistant professor (2009/06-2011/08), associate professor (2011/09-2016/05) and full professor (2016/05).

Since 2015/12, he was appointed as an assistant dean of International School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology. Dr Chen’s research work focuses on synthesis and behavior of multi-scale materials with particular emphasis on simulation/modeling, processing fundamentals and physical behavior. So far, he has published more than 100 journal papers and obtained 13 Chinese patents.