Ten years on from its 2009 Peer Review Survey, Sense About Science has partnered with Elsevier to find out how far we have come.
Peer Review Survey 2019 comes at a time when technological advances are transforming not only how research – and peer review – is conducted, but the article formats and channels used to communicate those findings.
Sense About Science surveyed 3000 researchers to understand how attitudes have changed.
While some of the questions from 2009 were repeated, this year’s survey expanded its scope to capture feedback on trustworthiness, what constitutes peer review, and which metrics best signal quality and aid evaluation.
Key findings include:
- Researcher satisfaction with peer review has increased. Researchers don’t want to replace the process, they just want to improve it.
- With the number of information channels rising and the volume of research outputs increasing too, researchers are concerned about quality. Cross checks are becoming the norm, creating inefficiencies in the research ecosystem.
- For many, finding a way to shift the focus from quantity of research outputs to quality will be key to increasing trust.
- Along with improvements to guidelines and training, reviewers want to be recognised for the work they do, particularly by their employers.
- Few researchers believe the public understand the concept of peer review. For many, the solution to increasing understanding of research findings lies in providing context and easy-to-understand explanations.
You can read the full report here.