Peer review

Inquiry and Reports

The Committee agreed on 26 January 2011 to launch a new inquiry examining the peer review process. The Committee's report 'Peer review in scientific publications' was published on 28 July 2011.

The Committee has received responses to its report from the Government and Research Councils UK. The Committee published these responses on 18 October 2011.

Terms of Reference

Peer review inquiry terms of reference

Oral evidence

Wednesday 8 June 2011
Professor Rick Rylance, Chair-elect, Research Councils UK, David Sweeney, Director for Research, Innovation and Skills, HEFCE, and Sir Mark Walport, Director, Wellcome Trust; Professor Sir John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, and Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Monday 23 May 2011
Dr Rebecca Lawrence, Director, New Product Development, Faculty of 1000 Ltd, Dr Mark Patterson, Director of Publishing, Public Library of Science, Dr Malcolm Read OBE, Executive Secretary, JISC, and Dr Michaela Torkar, Editorial Director, Biomed Central; Dr Janet Metcalfe, Chair, Vitae, Professor Teresa Rees CBE, Professor of Social Science and former Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), Cardiff University, and Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Oxford

Wednesday 11 May 2011
Tracey Brown, Managing Director, Sense About Science, and Dr Elizabeth Wager, Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics and Board Member of the UK Research Integrity Office; Mayur Amin, Senior Vice President, Research & Academic Relations, Elsevier, Dr Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature Publishing Group, Robert Campbell, Senior Publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Group, and Dr Andrew Sugden, Deputy Editor & International Managing Editor, Science

Wednesday 4 May 2011
Dr Nicola Gulley, Editorial Director, Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd, Professor Ronald Laskey CBE FRS FMedSci, Vice-President, Academy of Medical Sciences, Dr Robert Parker, Interim Chief Executive, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Professor John Pethica FRS, Physical Secretary and Vice-President, Royal Society