2023 Charleston In Between: Peer Review

Peer Review Challenges and Opportunities
Virtual Conference September 6 & 7, 2023

Peer review is one of the most important signals of trust and integrity in the research life cycle, but this effort is under considerable stress as the number of scholarly papers increase and activities by bad actors abound. This Charleston In Between will look at the current state of peer review, as well as its future, bringing multiple stakeholders to the table and considering new models and new technologies. Sessions address issues such as article retractions, open peer review, equity in peer review and more.  Speakers include representative stakeholders in the peer review process, including publishers, researchers, and librarians. 


Organized by: Cris Ferguson, Dean of Libraries, Murray State University

Day One: Wednesday, September 6
(All times listed are Eastern.)

10:00 – 10:10 am
Welcome and Introductions

10:10 – 11:00 am
Brian Nosek, Co-founder, Executive Director – Center for Open Science

11:00 – 11:10 am

11:10 – 12:00 pm
Stakeholder Perspectives Panel

  • Courtney McAllister, Associate Editor of Serials Review and Serials Librarian
  • Joris van Rossum, STM Solutions, and chair of the NISO Peer Review Committee 
  • Kelly Smith, Director of Collections and Discovery, EKU Libraries

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30 pm
What’s New in Peer Review Lightning Session

  • Laura Feetham, IOP Publishing 
  • Daniel Dotson, The Ohio State University
  • Lindsay Morton, PLOS
  • Sven Fund, Reviewer Credits
  • Abeni Wickham, SciFree
  • Q&A with Speakers

Day Two: Thursday, September 7

11:00 – 11:30 am
Sponsored Session: Transformative Agreements at IOP Publishing
by Emma Bartovsky, Senior Transformative Agreement Success Manager, IOP Publishing

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Panel on Open Peer Review

  • Jessica Polka, Executive Director, ASAPbio 
  • Eric Schares, Engineering and Collection Analysis Librarian at Iowa State University
  • Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Science & Technology Studies, Leiden University 

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Closing Keynote – Beneath the surface: Shattering illusions and embracing transformation in peer review

  • Dr. Antoinette Foster, Director of Community Transformation at Oregon Health & Science University
  • Daniela Saderi, Co-Founder and Director, PREreview

Speaker Bios

Listed in alphabetical order. This list is being updated as information is received.

Daniel Dotson

Daniel Dotson is a science librarian at The Ohio State University. His primary areas of research are bibliometrics and affordability of course content. See his Google Scholar profile for more info.

Cris Ferguson

Cris Ferguson is the Dean of Libraries at Murray State University, where she coordinates the operations and outreach efforts for two libraries and one museum.  She began her career in academic librarianship at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, working with journals and electronic resources.  Serving in higher education for more than 20 years, she has held various positions in academic libraries, including Electronic Resources / Serials Librarian at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and the Director of Technical Services at the Murray State University Libraries.  Cris has served in leadership roles with a number of library organizations, most recently as the Treasurer of the North American Serials Interest Group.  She actively advocates for reducing out of pocket costs for students, the adoption of open educational resources, and explores the ways in which university libraries can support student-centered colleges and universities.  She holds a masters degree in Information Science from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond.

Dr. Antoinette Foster

As the Director of Community Transformation, Dr. Foster co-founded and currently co-directs the Racial Equity and Inclusion Center at Oregon Health and Science University, where she aims to directly impact personal and interpersonal racism by empowering community members to become leaders of change. This position focuses on creating culture shifts by using a racial equity principles to assess the current institutional culture, determine cultural values and processes incongruent with racial equity, and develop strategic pathways to align cultural norms and practices with a racially inclusive environment for students, staff, and faculty. Her career aspiration is to radically shift scientific research culture towards establishing and practicing inclusive values and actions required to drive racial equity overall. 

Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner

Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner is a senior researcher at the Centre for Science & Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His current research topics include scholarly communication practices, peer review, and research evaluation. Wolfgang is a managing editor of the journal Science as Culture, as well as one of the initiators of the upcoming open peer review platform MetaROR. He is also affiliated with the Research on Research Institute (RoRI), in which he currently co-leads a research project on the use of narrative CVs in peer review for research funding. 

Brian Nosek

Brian Nosek’s research and applied interests are to understand how people and systems produce values-misaligned behavior; to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to align behavior with values; and, to improve research methods and culture to accelerate progress in science. Brian co-developed the Implicit Association Test, a method that advanced research and public interest in implicit bias. Nosek co-founded three non-profit organizations: Project Implicit to advance research and education about implicit bias, the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science to improve the research culture in his home discipline, and the Center for Open Science (COS) to improve rigor, transparency, integrity, and reproducibility across research disciplines. Brian is Executive Director of COS and a professor at the University of Virginia. Brian received his undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in Computer Science and Women’s Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1995, and his PhD in Psychology from Yale in 2002. He received honorary doctorates in science from Ghent University (2019) and University of Bristol (2022).

Courtney McAllister

During the fifteen years Courtney McAllister spent working in libraries, she held an eclectic array of positions, ranging from circulation and ILL to reference, instruction, and e-resource management. In her current role (Solution Architect at Atypon) she focuses on publishing technologies and workflows, but libraries, and their evolving challenges, are still a major part of her life. She is the Associate Editor for The Serials Librarian and Serials Review, serves the NASIG community as the current President, and authored Change Management for Library Technologists: A LITA Guide.

Jessica Polka

Jessica Polka, PhD serves as Executive Director of ASAPbio, a researcher-driven nonprofit organization working to promote innovation and transparency in life sciences publishing in areas such as preprinting and open peer review. Prior to this, she performed postdoctoral research in the department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School following a PhD in Biochemistry & Cell Biology from UCSF. Jessica is also a Plan S Ambassador, an affiliate of the Knowledge Futures Group, and a steering committee member of Rescuing Biomedical Research.

Daniela Saderi, Ph.D.

Daniela is the Co-Founder and Director of PREreview, an organization with the mission to bring more equity and transparency to the evaluation of research content, giving systematically excluded researchers better ways to find, train, and contribute to peer review. Daniela holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University during which she studied mechanisms of auditory processing in mammals, and she is a former Mozilla Fellow for Science 2018/2019.
ORCID iD https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6109-0367

Eric Schares

Eric Schares is the Engineering & Collection Analysis Librarian at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He works to analyze publishing trends and support the open access transition in scholarly publishing. He also serves as liaison to three engineering departments on campus. Eric has published on the use of scholarly metadata, impacts of the 2022 OSTP memo, and making collection development decisions using the tool Unsub. Prior to his current role at Iowa State, he worked at Intel for 10 years on NAND flash memory.


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