Peer review: A publisher’s perspective- part 1

In celebration of Peer Review Week 2017 we’ve asked representatives from across SAGE’s global offices to share their thoughts on peer review. Their responses varied from its value, the ethics and challenges, to its future. Kicking off with her thoughts is Rosalia Garcia, Managing Director, SAGE Publishing Asia-Pacific.

The first thing any institution asks a publisher’s sales rep is what percentage of journals are included in the Journal Citations Reports. The second, whether the journals are peer reviewed. Academic credibility is of paramount importance to our academic community in both their decisions as to where to publish and the research that they trust. Peer review is held up as an important process to all stakeholders across the academic sector-  it’s a strong validation of credible, replicable and accurate research, in fact one of the only measures we have to be able to assess research and ensure that we as an industry are publishing high-quality information. Institutions that subscribe to our journal content rely on us as publishers to ensure that the journal database they are purchasing is of sound quality and will be a valuable addition to their resources, providing researchers with access to the high-quality content that they need.

SAGE is committed to ensuring that we adhere to the highest standards of peer review and publication across the board. We take our role as a publisher of high-quality academic content seriously, addressing quickly and effectively any industry problems that may arise around both the ethics, quality and process of peer review – which my colleagues will be talking about later in the week.

Within our current academic climate and society, however, peer review remains one of the only credible ways in which to both evaluate, assess and monitor academic quality and research. So how do we at SAGE support our authors and editors through the peer review process?

  • SAGE has built the Author Gateway, the Editor Gateway, and the Reviewer Gateway for journal authors, editors and reviewers, hosting resources and information on ethics and responsibilities, online submission and peer-review systems, as well as guidelines and tips on how to review articles.
  • SAGE’s dedicated peer-review management team, together with publishing editors for individual journals, support journal editors and reviewers in working out the peer-review workflow and steer in solutions for malpractice in peer-review.
  • SAGE works closely with third parties including ScholarOne and Publons to streamline the submission and peer-review process, and record, verify, and showcase reviewer contributions.

At the heart of research, publishing, and academic content is the author and the information. We as a community have a responsibility not only to safeguard the author, but to safeguard that research and ensure that we are contributing to the academic debate, accurately and in a timely fashion. Although peer review is not without its faults, for now, it remains one of the only ways to ensure that we can carry out our commitments to accurate research. As such SAGE will continue to work closely with our authors, partners and academic stakeholders to work through the challenges and adapt to the changing academic field fulfilling our mission of supporting the academic and wider community with robust research that both contributes and challenges academic debate.

Keep your eyes out for part two and three in the series and remain up to date with all our activities by visiting our Peer Review homepage here.

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