Workshop on Transparency in Standards and Practices of Peer Review

Made possible with the generous support of The Open Society Foundations

January 23 & 24, 2018    Cambridge, Massachusetts


Tuesday January 23

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts

5:00 p.m. Opening reception

5:30 Welcoming Remarks, Amy Brand

5:40 5-minute lightning talks, appetizers

6:30 Dinner, open conversation

8:00 Announcements, housekeeping for the following day

8:15 Hotel shuttle departs

Wednesday, January 24

The Norton’s Woods Conference Center, American Academy of Arts and  Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts

8:00 am Shuttles leave hotel

8:15 Continental breakfast at the Academy

9:00 Morning Session I
A brief history of peer review (Aileen Fyfe, University of St. Andrews)

9:30 Review and discussion of pre-workshop survey results  (Amy Brand and Mark Edington)

10:00  Break

10:15 Morning Session II
Moderated discussions on key topics
(30 minutes each)

12:15 pm Lunch & continued discussion, followed by email break

1:30 Afternoon Session I
Moderated discussions on challenges in operationalizing transparency
(30 minutes each)

  • Capturing who does peer review (Micah Altman)
  • Capturing intentionality or function of review (Danny Kingsley)
  • The bad actor problem (John Randell)
  • Metadata and discoverability (Jennifer Lin)

3:30 Coffee/bio  break

3:45 Afternoon Session II
Design brainstorm — what should peer review signals/marks look like?

4:15 Brainstorming with rapporteur (Patsy Baudoin)

What will the meeting report cover?

4:45 Group discussion on next steps

5:00 Adjourn