From: marsha chuk [SMTP:chukm@...
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 1999 4:33 PM
Subject: Global Cyberconference on Peer Review: Please circulate
>GLOBAL CYBERCONFERENCE ON PEER REVIEW IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
>Friday, 28 May to Thursday, 10 June 1999
>I am pleased to announce the forthcoming global cyberconference on
>review in the social sciences. Anyone who receives this message is
>invited to join. For entry to the conference website, go to
>The conference will officially begin and end at midday, London
>it may be extended, depending on the level of participation. Those
>familiar with the cyberconference format should consult the website
>the last such conference organized, which was on public
>The conference is dedicated to the standard mode of evaluation of
>posed and completed work in the academy, namely, other academics
>have proven themselves in similar or related areas of research:
>that sense. The contexts of evaluation include both resource
>agencies and >publication outlets.
>Although peer review processes have been subject to much study and
>bate by social scientists, journal editors and policymakers,
>has been focussed primarily on the natural, especially biomedical,
>sciences. The social sciences themselves have been much less
>yet research in these areas is increasingly subject to peer
>both at the point of resourcing and of publication.
>The cyberconference aims to canvass a broad spectrum of views on
>peer review works in a variety of settings, practical suggestions
>to incorporate traditionally excluded groups, how to improve the
>ability of the review process and how to enable the process to
>better research. Each of these issues will be framed by a
>of statements to which contributors may respond with their own
>ences, research or considered opinions.
>General topics include:
>Who counts as a peer?: beyond the old boys network.
>How to extend peer review-can it be made to incorporate larger
>The ethics of peer reviewing-how to avoid intellectual property
>The structure of accountability in peer review-what should
>and reviewed know about the process?
>How does one peer evaluate international, interdisciplinary and
> Do the social sciences pose special problems for peer review?
>The conference is premissed on the idea that peer review in the
>sciences is worth salvaging in some form-the question being what
>form. But even if you are altogether opposed to the use of peer
>or if your concerns stem mainly from outside the social sciences,
>should nevertheless feel free to contribute.
>You will have the option of concealing your identity in your
>You may also contribute links to other websites and texts that are
>relevant to the topic. Moreover, it may be possible to get e-mail
>notification of topics of interest to you, once you subscribe. (We
>still working on this facility.) The results will be archived and
>available to all researchers to use as they see fit.
>This cyberconference is sponsored by the United Kingdoms Economic
>Social Research Council and will be conducted from the server at
>Science Policy Support Group, London. The texts framing the terms
>cyberconference were written by Steve Fuller, Professor of
>University of Durham, UK. He is solely responsible for their
>may be contacted at steve.fuller@...
> . For information concerning
>the technical side of the cyberconference, contactchris.ball@...
>Professor of Sociology
>University of Durham
>Durham DH1 3JT
>Fax: 44+ (0)191 374 4743
>Phone: 44+ (0)191 374 2324
>after 1 August 1999
>Professor of Sociology
>University of Warwick
>Coventry CV4 7AL
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