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Ninth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication
September 12 - September 14
The Ninth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication will be held in Chicago, September 12-14, 2021.
Our aim is to encourage research into the quality and credibility of peer review and scientific publication, to establish the evidence base on which scientists can improve the conduct, reporting, and dissemination of scientific research.
Call for Research
For the Ninth Congress, we call for new studies into the processes used by researchers, authors, editors, peer reviewers, publishers, funders, universities, and any other stakeholders to improve the conduct, reporting, quality, integrity, and dissemination of scientific research and academic commentary. We encourage new ideas and rigorous evaluations of both old and new processes. Examples include evaluations of the quality of scientific reporting and publication, and developments in open and collaborative peer review, pre- and postpublication public review, open and public access, data sharing and access, reproducibility of methods and research findings, fair and reliable metrics of publication, and transparent reporting of author contributions, conflicts, and biases. Studies of bias—of all sorts—and how biases can be identified and managed are of particular interest. In addition, many problems threatening the credibility of science, such as research misconduct, deviation from authorship norms, conflicts of interest (financial or other), inadequate ethical oversight of research, misuse of statistical tests and analyses, sloppy reporting of research findings, and misleading information in news and social media coverage of research, are still in need of effective evidence-based solutions. We also seek to shed light on looming dangers from dishonest opportunists and rogue operators who threaten the foundation of the scientific enterprise. For each of these problems and threats, potential solutions and interventions need testing.