2017 Webinar 5: Tools of the Trade for Transparency: How Journals Can Increase

Held: September 14, 2017, 12:00 AM to 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Purchase This Webinar Recording


This webinar will discuss why journals might want to increase the transparency of the peer review process and, if they choose to do so, how they might start going about increasing that transparency. Our speakers will include both editors working with journals that are increasing their transparency as well as those working on tools that can be used to achieve that goal. This webinar will have something to offer anyone considering transparency in their journal, whether you’ve just started to wonder about it or already added processes to increase transparency to your peer review process. Join us during Peer Review Week to learn about balancing the ethics of transparency and peer review recognition with the need for integrity of the peer review process.


  • Why transparency is important to the peer review process.
  • What tools can journals use to increase peer reviewer recognition.
  • What tools can journals use to increase transparency of peer reviews.
  • How can journals go about increasing the transparency of their peer review process.


Brit Stamey, Client Manager, Senior Copy Editor, J&J Editorial


Adrian Aldcroft, Editor, BMJ Open, BMJ Publishing Group
Adrian Aldcroft is the Editor of BMJ Open, an open access general medical journal that promotes transparency in the publication process by publishing reviewer reports and previous versions of the manuscript alongside the published article. Adrian has also worked as a staff editor on PLOS ONE and as a Senior Executive Editor on the BMC Series. Prior to working in publishing, Adrian spent several years at The University of Western Ontario conducting research using fMRI to map the functional areas of the visual cortex.

Jan Higgins PhD, ELS, Managing Editor, Genetics in Medicine, official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Jan Higgins, PhD started out as a research scientist before transitioning to her current position as managing editor for Genetics in Medicine. Based in Raleigh, she has been in this role since 2006 but has continued as a freelancer in editing and writing scientific manuscripts. She also teaches graduate students how to write a scientific manuscript at the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

John Pham, PhD, Chief Editor, Molecular Cell, Cell Press
John received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where he studied the mechanisms of RNA splicing and RNA interference with Erik Sontheimer. After doing postdoctoral work at the Harvard Medical School, he joined the Molecular Cell editorial team in 2008 and became the journal’s Editor in 2012. He is committed to ensuring that Molecular Cell is a trusted, premier venue for the world’s best molecular biology research, and that it is responsive and engaged with its authors and with the broader community of scientists that it serves.

Bernd Pulverer, PhD, Chief Editor The EMBO Journal, head of Scientific Publications EMBO, EMBO Press
Following undergraduate studies in Cambridge, Bernd received his PhD in 1992 from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, London, for uncovering posttranslational regulation of the transcription factors c-Jun and c-Myc by the JNK and MAP kinases. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle and at the University of Innsbruck. Bernd was associate and then senior editor at Nature from 1999 until 2002 and subsequently chief editor of Nature Cell Biology. He has been the chief editor of The EMBO Journal and Head of Scientific Publications at EMBO since 2009.