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A/Prof Jennifer Byrne: Challenges for scientific peer review and some possible solutions

'Quick Bites' organised by The University of Sydney Library



Charles Perkins Centre, Level 6 Seminar room, Camperdown/Darlington

Jennifer Byrne is Head of the Children’s Cancer Research Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and Associate Professor within the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include cancer biology and metabolism, cancer genetics, and improving cancer biobank operations.

Abstract: The process of peer review underpins scientific publishing, but is being challenged by factors such as information- and peer-reviewer overload. A/Prof Jennifer Byrne will briefly summarise current issues affecting scientific peer review (and peer reviewers), before presenting her recently published paper, "Improving the peer review of narrative literature reviews", published in the new journal Research Integrity and Peer Review. She will describe why literature reviews in particular are valued by their diverse readership, and how peer reviewers with different levels of content expertise can improve their reliability and accessibility.