Excellence has always been at the heart of everything we do – from holding face-to-face meetings to publishing technical papers. Yet we are always looking to improve, which is why BioPhorum has launched a peer review process that will help make its papers even more robust and trustworthy.
“The peer review process is designed to rigorously check a document before it is published,” said Emma Howlett, BioPhorum’s Publications Lead, who is heading up the process. “It’s all about improving the credibility and quality of BioPhorum papers and avoiding ‘group think’.”
Would you like to be involved?
Our papers have always been well respected. They are developed by teams of subject matter experts, often building on existing methods to build best practices that are implemented by members and trusted by regulators. As many as 20 companies will often contribute, challenge and test the assessments and practices before a paper is published.
Papers are routinely reviewed by other technical experts within those member companies. However, the peer review process will provide a final, independent verification of quality and a way of formalizing feedback from respected parties not involved with the drafting process.
We have doubled the number of published documents every year since 2017 and, to date, have published more than 100 papers. We have extensive plans to publish more papers across our Phorums, so the importance of demonstrating a rigorous review of content becomes more crucial.
With this growth in mind, the process will be used on papers nominated by our subject matter expert workstreams. All documents that have been reviewed will use our new Peer Review logo on the front cover, which has been successfully piloted on recent Knowledge mapping guidance.
The peer review process
BioPhorum uses a traditional, single-blind system of review where the names of reviewers are hidden from the authors. The review is the evaluation of a paper by experts in the same field.
Reviewers make recommendations to the BioPhorum Communications Team about whether a paper should be accepted, revised before publication or rejected. As papers are tested at each stage from initiation onwards, we expect that rejection will be rare (and is likely to be driven by an external event).
Reviewers generally address issues of accuracy, originality and importance, and are encouraged to make suggestions for improvement. We place a tremendous amount of importance on their feedback and comments.
Would you like to be a peer reviewer?
As well as helping industry with your expertise, you would be helping yourself because being a peer reviewer lets you see industry developments before they are published, improves your critical eye and will develop your writing skills.
“The BioPhorum peer review process is a great way to enhance your CV,” said Howlett, “and help to ensure the quality of documents that will influence our industry.”
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