by Arwen Armbrecht

For #PeerReviewWeek, we have been asking academia to give us their input on this year’s theme diversity in peer review. So far we have had some great answers! Why not add your voice to the conversation? http://bit.ly/2oXVPYB

Our #PeerReviewWeek poll showed that opinion was fairly split over to what degree confirmation bias affects editors# choices in finding peer reviewers.

Academics and authors also offered their thoughts on what diveristy in Peer Review:

“As Executive Editor of the Race and Resistance book series at Peter Lang, my view is that the value of diversity in peer review is self-evident. As knowledge and scholarship are inextricably linked to power and justice, diversity in peer review is essential to ensure that all perspectives are represented and all voices heard. It was for this reason that in the selection of our editorial advisory board, the diversity of our members was a prime concern.”

Tessa Roynon, Teaching and Research Fellow, University of Oxford

“Peer reviews should be more inclusive so as to reflect the diversity that characterizes global scholarship. This should be geographical, generational and disciplinary.”

Rachael Diang’a, Assistant Professor of Film, United States International University

“Brilliant idea if translated from mere theory or rhetorics to practicality. Rather than being dominated by global north, a healthy balance would enrich quality of knowledge generated.”

Tiffany Banda, PhD Student, University of The Witwatersrand

“Journals ought to aspire to having a diverse pool of reviewers to avoid confirmation bias. IMO, diversity in peer review might just help resolve the lack of female representation in economic journals.”

Dr Olumide Adisa, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Suffolk

“Diversity in peer review is inescapably linked with issues with diversity in academia itself, which is where the core issues lie.”

Elinor Rooks, University of Leeds

“Diversity in peer review is key to diversity in research topics and perspectives, and promotes the expansion of knowledge and the growth of research audiences, stakeholders and producers.”

Alec Charles, Dean of Arts, University of Winchester

“Diversity in peer review for my subject area means valuing the insights of professionals i.e. practice and not just academic and research credentials.”

Stacey Davies, Practical Action Publishing

“Without diversity in thought and review process it is difficult to have proper representation of different voices at the table.”

Christopher D. Zambakari, CEO/Professor,

“Diversity in Peer Review is essential to the improvement of quality in peer review.”

Mary Joy Taneo, UP Manila

“It is time to produce and publish results which have direct impact / benifit on human lives.”

Dr. Kiramat Shah, University Of Swat

“As an author it is hard to gauge as most peer reviews are anonymous, although reviewers do seem to be drawn from a limited network of scholars (primarily based in Europe and North America).”

Catherine Gilbert, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ghent University

“I think it is a very important and necessary event.”

Razvan Porumb, Vice-Principal/Lecturer, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge

“There’s need and scope for change. It is my considered opinion that the pool is too small, too conservative and inevitably polices knowledge production.”

George Ogola, Reader in Journalism, University of Central Lancashire

“Everyone in academe should be alert to issues around diversity. We should all be open to new people, new ideas, new institutions, new ways of working. We should all be diverse.”

Graeme Davis, Professorial Research Fellow, University of Buckingham

“Diversity is essential at all levels of scholarly review, to maintain equality and transparency.”

Stella Bruzzi, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UCL

“Academic publishing stands or falls on the quality of peer review. Diversity in peer review is essential to maintain the highest and most rigorous standards.”

Tony Mason, Senior Commissioning Editor, Manchester University Press

“It encourages in-depth research of ideas and issues, and helps todiscourage plagiarism, and emphasises originality.”

Omotolani Ebenezer Ekpo, Assistant Lecturer, Federal University Wukari, Taraba state, Nigeria

“Diversity in Peer Review is important, because lack of diversity in publication, at all levels, leads to silos and biased rankings.”

Alistair Rolls, Associate Professor of French Studies, University of Newcastle, Australia

“I use an interdisciplinary, gender and age balanced team from three continents. Disability is nore difficult. My experience is that many teams are within a discipline, male, Caucasian and older.”

June, Professor of Applied Music, University of Winchester

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