The nuts & bolts of peer review: a discussion by Biomaterials editors

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Have you just received your first review request? Or, perhaps you already have a few reviews under your belt? If either of these situations apply to you, you probably have your own thoughts on what peer review involves.

In this webinar recording, we view the process through the eyes of two experienced editors, Professors Abhay Pandit and Hanry Yu of the journal Biomaterials. They talk frankly about the lessons they have learned over the years. They touch on their first-time reviewing experiences and the role of peer review in advancing science. They look at reviewer motivations and what it takes to write a good review. Finally, they are joined by Sophie de Koning, a Community Manager for Mendeley, and Dr. Marina Soares e Silva, a publisher in materials science, for a Q&A.
 
You will come away understanding the challenges editors face in finding reviewers and why - and how - you can help. You will also learn the questions you should ask yourself before accepting a review request.

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Sophie de Koning
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Community Manager, Elsevier

As a Community Manager at Elsevier, Sophie focuses on supporting and facilitating the diverse discussion, collaboration, learning and networking needs of researchers. She examines the pain points academics experience whilst performing their everyday activities and aims to provide solutions in an online, social environment. She joined Elsevier as a publishing assistant in 2015, having previously worked at an institute that offers network and career development services. Sophie has studied Philosophy and Linguistics at Utrecht University and holds a Master’s degree in Sociolinguistics from the University of Essex.
Link: www.mendeley.com/profiles/sophie-de-koning2

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Abhay Pandit
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Professor of Biomaterials, National University of Ireland and Scientific Director of the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM)

Abhay Pandit is an Established Professor of Biomaterials at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), a multi-disciplinary academic-industry-clinician translational research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland (E49M). His research interests’ focus on the development of next generation targeted controlled-drug-release reservoir delivery vehicles which facilitate spatiotemporal localised sustained delivery of multiple biomolecules to target injury mechanisms at the molecular and cellular levels. These macromolecular complexes form functional interfaces between implanted devices and biological systems to endow the former with bio-responsiveness and/or biological function. He has published over 210 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is a Fellow of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative International Society and an International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering – the first Irish academic to receive this honour.
Link: www.mendeley.com/profiles/abhay-pandi

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Hanry Yu
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Professor of Physiology and Mechanobiology, National University of Singapore

Dr. Hanry Yu is a Professor of Physiology and Mechanobiology at the National University of Singapore and a Group Leader at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Agency for Science, Technology and Research. He was trained as a cell biologist under Michael P. Sheetz (Lasker award, Wiley, and Massry Prize) at Duke University; and further trained in EMBL with Gareth Griffiths. He ventured into Biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomedical optics, computation and systems biology, and mechanobiology of liver diseases. He has published >160 papers, delivered 150 invited/keynote speeches, >250 conference papers, filed >40 inventions, with 6 licensed to companies. He co-founded 3 companies with one listed in Australia. Dr. Yu frequently consults for international agencies and organizations, founded/chaired 3 PhD programs and is proud of his many PhD students and postdocs who have built successful careers in academia and industry. He has been a visiting professor at MIT (2008-2014) and is now a handling editor of Biomaterials.
Link: www.mendeley.com/profiles/hanry-y

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Marina Soares e Silva
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Publisher Materials Science, Elsevier

Born in Porto (Portugal) Marina completed a Biology BSc from the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto (2000-2004) with a thesis project on Molecular Plant Biology at the Institute of Biology Leiden (Netherlands). In 2006 she graduated from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands) with an MSc in Medical Natural Sciences and completed her PhD in Biophysics at the FOM AMOLF Institute in Amsterdam. After one year and a few months in the USA as a postdoctoral researcher at the Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York, Marina joined Elsevier in 2013 as the publisher for Biomaterials in the Materials Science team. On a daily basis she supports expert editors in their quest to provide the best publishing experience to their communities. Her ambition is to provide her journals with enhanced Peer Review solutions which meet the needs of researchers in their editor, reviewer and author roles.
Link: www.mendeley.com/profiles/marina-soares-e-silva

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