Fostering Trust, Furthering Research

Peer review is an integral part of research publication, and trust is a critical component of peer review. This year, the idea of trust has gained greater immediacy due to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Peer Review Week 2020 (September 21-25) explores the theme of Trust in Peer Review and examines how peer review can continue fostering trust and furthering research beyond the pandemic. CACTUS is a proud member of the Peer Review Week 2020 organizing committee. We look forward to contributing to the dialog around trust in peer review — and hope you will join us in these discussions!

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Insights on the peer review process from peer reviewers, journal editors, and other industry experts 

Tips from peer reviewers on how to strengthen your manuscript for peer review 

Curated articles and other resources on preparing your manuscript for peer review – with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), upskilling, and scientific editing 

Daily email updates throughout Peer Review Week 2020 on all the topics and discussions during the week 

A chance to connect with researchers from across the world 

A downloadable summary report on Peer Review Week 2020

Reasons to Sign up for 
Peer Review Week 2020

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Peer Review Week 2020

Q. What is Peer Review Week?

A. Peer Review Week is an annual global event held to draw the focus on peer review and its various dimensions: benefits, challenges, meeting those challenges, and the way forward. Each year, Peer Review Week is anchored around one theme, typically borne of current dialogs around the peer review process. This year’s theme is Trust in Peer Review. Read more about this year’s theme here.

Q. What is the significance of Peer Review Week?

A. The peer review process is central to the scientific publishing process, which itself is central to the researcher life. While the process has several benefits, gaps emerge from time to time. Among other purposes, Peer Review Week attempts to bridge those gaps using the collective power of research authors, journal editors, and of course, peer reviewers (along with other industry experts). And because peer review is largely done gratis, with the main aim of benefiting research, Peer Review Week also seeks to celebrate peer review and peer reviewers

Q. Who is involved in organizing Peer Review Week?

A. Several organizations and individuals from the scholarly publishing industry volunteer to organize Peer Review Week each year. The organizing committee includes publishers, journal editors, researchers, librarians, science communicators, research support and editing organizations, and scholarly publishing professionals. CACTUS has been involved as an organizing committee member since the Second Peer Review Week (2016) through our publication support services brand, Editage. This year too, CACTUS is a proud member of the Peer Review Week organizing committee.

Q. What does CACTUS do during Peer Review Week?

A. Each year during Peer Review Week, we actively engage with researchers and scholarly publishing professionals to explore several aspects of peer review through the theme for the year. Our Peer Review Week exclusive daily email update series is aimed at helping you stay updated on the latest, most relevant discussions around peer review. This year too, we aim to continue our efforts in furthering the discourse around peer review, through our various brands empowering Peer Review Week in several distinct ways.

Q. Where is Peer Review Week organized?

A. Peer Review Week is an entirely virtual event (even since pre-COVID times). To be a part of to this important annual industry event, you just need access to the net. And of course, to sign up for the event.

Q. How can I be involved in Peer Review Week?

A. You simply need to sign up for it. You will receive a daily update, along with a host of other resources and benefits. (See the benefits of signing up mentioned earlier.) You can also attend the free webinars and talks we have lined up during Peer Review Week, where you can listen to experts’ views on peer review as well as interact with them. We would also love to hear from you. We welcome guest posts with your thoughts on the peer review process as well as your personal stories and experiences while dealing with the peer review process, either as an author or as a reviewer. See you soon!

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Hear from the experts on critical aspects of peer review in these live sessions.


Dealing with Peer Review Challenges During COVID-19


  • Role of peer review in enabling research reliability, especially during COVID-19
  • How the pandemic has highlighted the importance of peer review


Fostering Trust in Peer Review as a Peer Reviewer

  • Challenges that are weakening researcher trust in the peer review process
  • How I help build trust in the peer review process as a top-journal peer reviewer


Using Technology to Be Peer Review-Ready

  • Using artificial intelligence (AI) to strengthen your manuscript for peer review
  • Preprints and peer review
  • Webinar — How technology can help fast-track the peer review process


Upskilling for Peer Review

  • How peer review training - for authors as well as reviewers - can help foster trust
  • How to write honest and compassionate feedback as a peer reviewer 
  • Webinar — How to become an effective peer reviewer


Building Blocks: Trust and Peer Review

  • Making peer review more reliable
  • Managing your mental health while dealing with peer review
  • Webinar 1 — My peer review story: A discussion among researchers and reviewers
  • Webinar 2 —  Building trust in and through the peer review process

Maintaining trust in peer review during COVID-19

How has the pandemic affected peer review? What are the most pressing challenges with maintaining quality and trust in review? How are these being addressed? Learn more in this session.

September 21, 2020 | 2-3PM UTC
Block My Seat

Both authors and publishers depend on the peer review process functioning at its optimum. Learn about how Scientific Editing can support the process and help foster trust in peer review.

September 25, 2020 | 2-3PM UTC

Building trust in and through the peer review process

Block My Seat
September 23, 2020 | 2-3PM UTC

How technology can help fast-track the peer review process

Block My Seat

Researchers are increasingly relying on new technologies to streamline the publishing journey. Learn about how AI and technology can help fast-track the peer review process.

As a peer reviewer, providing constructive feedback on research papers takes efforts. Learn how you can aim for excellence as a reviewer.

September 24, 2020 | 1-2PM UTC

Trust and excellence in peer review: How to become an effective peer reviewer

Block My Seat
September 25, 2020 | 6.30-7.30AM UTC

My peer review story – A live discussion among researchers and reviewers

Block My Seat

How often do you think about the people behind peer review – authors who deal with the process and reviewers who perform the review? Listen in here.