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Open Research Forum

An introduction to open peer review

Book your place at this Open Research Forum on open peer review using this link

What is open peer review? How does it work? What are the pros and cons? How can I get involved?

Open peer review can be described as a more transparent alternative to the traditional ‘closed’ peer review process. Different publishers have adopted different models, but they generally involve some or all of the following elements: disclosure of the reviewer’s identity, publication of the review alongside the published article, and contribution to reviews by a wider community.

This Open Research Forum will provide an introduction to open peer review. Come along to learn about different models and discuss their pros and cons.

Professor Stephen Pinfield of the Research on Research Institute will open proceedings with a look at the future of peer review. Publishers F1000Research and eLife will present their open peer review models, and Dr Remi Tailleux (Meteorology) and Professor Angelique Chettiparamb (Real Estate and Planning) will talk about their experiences of open peer review from the perspectives of an author, reviewer, and journal editor. We will conclude with a panel discussion featuring our guest speakers.

***This event will be recorded. The recording will be made available to UoR members only***



Welcome and introduction Robert Darby/Karen Rowlett 14.00
The future of peer review Stephen Pinfield (University of Sheffield) 14.05
Open peer review at F1000Research Eleanor Rose-Papas (F1000Research) 14.30
Open peer review at eLife Ailís O’Carroll (eLife Sciences Publications) 14.45
Academic perspective: author and reviewer Remi Tailleux (Meteorology) 15.00
Academic perspective: journal editor Angelique Chettiparamb (Real Estate and Planning) 15.15
Panel discussion/Q&A All 15.30


Stephen Pinfield, Professor of Information Services Management/Associate Director of the Research on Research Institute, University of Sheffield

Stephen’s main research and teaching interests focus on scholarly communication, research data management, Open Access and Open Science, digital scholarship, research policy, and managing information and technology services in organisations. He is Associate Director of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI), an international collaboration carrying out translational research on the research system. He recently co-authored a RoRI report on the future of peer review, which identified open and transparent peer review as an area of significant innovation. Stephen will discuss his insights and look to the future of peer review.


Eleanor-Rose Papas, Editorial Operations Manager and Peer Review Manager, F1000Research

Eleanor-Rose is the Editorial Operations Manager and Peer Review Manager for F1000Research and associated publishing platforms, including Wellcome Open Research, Gates Open Research, and Open Research Europe. These platforms aim to change the way science is communicated through the open and transparent publication of articles, associated data and peer review reports. Having worked in open peer review for over eight years, Elle has been focusing on how to improve the peer review experience without compromising peer review ethics and quality. She is a keen advocate for open science and innovative peer review, and is especially passionate about both incentivising and diversifying the peer review process and ensuring that it continues to be fair for all researchers.


Ailís O’Carroll, Community Manager, eLife Sciences Publications

Ailís O’Carroll, Ph.D, is the Community Manager at eLife. Ailís will talk about eLife’s mission and its ‘publish, review, curate’ model. eLife is a not for profit peer-reviewed open access scientific journal for the biomedical and life sciences, with a mission to accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours. As this goal depends on improving research culture, eLife recognises that close engagement of the research community, such as the eLife Community Ambassadors and Early Career Advisory Group, in co-creating and embracing new policies is a necessary condition for sustained change. Alongside the eLife journal and community engagement activities is the development of open-source technology, all of which feed into eLife’s overarching ‘publish, review, curate’ model. Read more about it here.


Remi Tailleux, Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography, Department of Meteorology

Open Research Champion Remi will discuss his experiences of open peer review as both an author and a reviewer.


Angelique Chettiparamb, Professor of Urban Planning and Governance, Henley Business School (Real Estate and Planning)

Angelique is Managing Editor of the journal Planning Theory, which has recently opted in to a transparent peer review pilot. She will discuss the background behind the decision of the editorial board to pilot this open peer review model, and describe how it works.





18th May 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm