Transparency in peer review

About this video

The past few years has seen a decided move towards increased transparency in peer review - it was even chosen as the theme of the global awareness event, Peer Review Week 2017 (#PeerRevWk17). To mark the occasion, we invited three experts to discuss the trend.

In this webinar recording, you will hear from Emily Jesper-Mir from Sense about Science, a charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. She looks at the public hunger for well-written and validated information about science, and outlines how researchers can help to demystify results. 
Two of the surgery journals edited by Dr. Riaz Agha joined an Elsevier pilot in which peer review reports are published alongside articles. He talks about why increased transparency can lead to greater accountability and, in turn, better outcomes.

In 2017, Dr. Richard D. Morey helped to launch the Peer Reviewers' Openness initiative, with the goal of increasing the transparency of science through the collective action of peer reviewers. He explains what those actions involve.  

You’ll come away understanding the opportunities transparency in peer review brings, not only to the publishing process, but to you as a researcher.

About the presenters

Richard Morey

Reader, Cardiff University School of Psychology

Richard is Reader in the School of Psychology at the Cardiff University. He earned a PhD in Cognition and Neuroscience and a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Missouri, and is the author of over 60 articles and book chapters. Currently, Richard is a statistical advisor for the Journal Psychological Science and an associate editor at the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. In 2017, Richard and his collaborators launched the Peer Reviewers' Openness initiative ( which aims to increase the transparency of science through the collective action of peer reviewers.

Emily Jesper-Mir

Head of partnerships and governance, Sense about Science

Emily heads up the public engagement program at Sense about Science, helping scientists to communicate difficult research findings simply and accurately. She also leads their peer review program, which includes chairing peer review workshops for early-career researchers and advocating peer review as a useful tool for the public to make sense of science and evidence. She was formerly managing editor of the international peer reviewed journal BJOG for five years. She also worked as assistant editor at the Novartis Foundation, as well as spending two years as a biological patent analyst for Thomson Scientific. She has a degree in Biological Science from UMIST, Manchester.

Riaz Agha

Managing and Executive Editor, IJS Publishing Group

Riaz founded the International Journal of Surgery (IJS) Publishing Group in 2003, which now comprises seven journals. He sits on the Web Committee for the World Association of Medical Editors and has built two websites for NATO. He is formerly a Council Member for the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and an Ambassador for Enterprise UK. In addition to editorial work, Riaz is a Specialty Registrar in Plastic Surgery in the London Deanery and a doctoral student at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he is a Clarendon Scholar.

Catriona Fennell

Director of Journal Services, Elsevier

Following graduation from the National University of Galway, Ireland, Catriona Fennell joined Elsevier as a Journal Manager in 1999. She later had the opportunity to learn about the intricacies of peer review while supporting and training hundreds of editors during the introduction of Elsevier Editorial System (EES). Since then, she has worked in various management roles in STM Journals Publishing, and as Director of Publishing Services, she is now responsible for its publishing integrity and reproducibility programs.