Join Scholastica and J&J Editorial on the 16th of December 2019 at 11 AM EST / 4 PM GMT for a free webinar, “Audit and Improve Peer Review Efficiency at the Journals You Manage.” We’ll cover innovative ways to assess journal performance and make actionable plans for improvement in the new year. Click here to register and receive a link to the webinar recording!

At academic journals, the peer review process is never-ending. There are always new manuscripts to vet, reviewers to invite, authors to send decisions to…and the beat goes on. Journal peer review managers and editors spend most of their time in the trenches of the peer review process, busy with day to day editorial operations. However, it’s important to periodically take a step back to assess peer review performance and look for opportunities for improvement. The start of a new year is a prime time for editorial teams to review their current journal workflows and guidelines and determine where they may need to make some adjustments.

What steps should you take to conduct an end-of-year peer review audit at the journals you work with that leads to clear insights and next steps?

We’ll be digging into this question during an upcoming webinar on December 16, 2019, “Audit and Improve Peer Review Efficiency at the Journals You Manage.” During the webinar, speakers from Scholastica and J&J Editorial will cover best practices for assessing journal peer review efficiency from a technical and editorial perspective.

Learn how to start:

  • Taking an Agile approach to peer review audits and updates
  • Tracking metrics that result in actionable insights
  • Implementing clearer editorial expectations and guidelines

Whether you’re running a peer review efficiency audit for the first time or the fifteenth, this webinar will be full of examples and key takeaways that you can use to initiate or optimize your peer review audit process. By the end of this webinar, you’ll be ready to dig into peer review data and lessons learned to start the 2020 editorial calendar with a fresh perspective and tangible plans.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what to expect.

Agile project management and peer review

First, Brian Cody, Scholastica Co-Founder and CEO, will present on how to spot digital optimization opportunities in peer review and employ Agile project management principles to make iterative process improvements throughout the year. Brian will overview how the concept of “Agile” project management originated in software development, and how it is now being employed in other industries. He’ll explain how to apply Agile project management principles to peer review audits and updates, using case studies from real journals. Additionally, he’ll discuss best practices for identifying and tracking journal performance metrics that result in clear outcomes and next steps.

Editorial maintenance and optimization

Next, Lindsey Struckmeyer, Editorial Client Manager and Systems Support Project Manager at J&J Editorial, will present on how to assess and improve peer review guidelines and editorial team alignment. Lindsey will discuss routine editorial audit areas and maintenance steps, as well as how to use both quantitative journal data and qualitative feedback from editors, authors, reviewers, and your publishing organization, to identify potential pain points and bottlenecks in peer review. She’ll also discuss how to identify peer review opportunities at your journal, such as new article types to accept or new ways to attract reviewers.

Register for the webinar and submit questions

You can register for the “Audit and Improve Peer Review Efficiency at the Journals You Manage” webinar here. We’re sending everyone a link to the webinar recording — so even if you can’t view the webinar live, be sure to sign up!

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for the speakers throughout the webinar via a chat panel, and the speakers will field questions during a Q&A following the presentations.

We hope to see you there!