Archive for ‘Policy’

April 1, 2011

Peer review goes to Parliament

by JasmineMalone

We know they have to discuss quite a lot of important things in there, but this year saw the MPs debating the issues surrounding peer review in the Houses of Parliament. Dr Phillip Campbell, editor extraodinnaire of Nature was called to tell the House of Commons Science&Technology Select Committee all about peer review and a link to his written evidence published on the 10 March 2011 can be found here.

Topics Dr Campbell covered include:

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April 1, 2011

Is the UK Budget Peer Reviewed?

by Abi Millar

The UK budget, announced on March 23, contained some good news for scientists: measures will be taken to streamline clinical trials, along with a £100 million investment in research infrastructure.

Scientists concerned with methodological rigour, however, might be just as interested in the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of the budget as its results. How are such decisions arrived at? Is the budget peer reviewed? Who holds the government’s spending decisions to account?

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March 28, 2011

The future of peer review: an international perspective

by Debora Miranda

Still wondering how we could improve the validity of the peer review process?

Now that you had time to think about the first part of my interview with a Portuguese scientist, I invite you to listen to the second part…

…and go through the main issues that came up when analysing peer review from an international perspective. Especially if you, like me, do not have a science background.

Animal model

It is important that people in the editorial board use the same biological or animal model as the author of the paper that is submitted for review. Each animal model has its strengths, so in general it is helpful if the person who is reviewing our work is not only from the same field of study but also is familiar with the animal model. However, it is difficult to find people in the editorial board that are experts in our subject.

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