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 presenter

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.

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.

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.