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EDP Sciences celebrates ‘trust in peer review’ in support of Peer Review Week 2020 -

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect a large proportion of the globe, it is more important than ever for the public, policymakers, and researchers to be able to trust in scientific output. Peer Review Week 2020 is celebrating its sixth year with a focus on ‘Trust in Peer Review’. EDP Sciences is supporting its aims of emphasising the central role peer review plays in scholarly communication; showcasing the work of editors and reviewers; sharing research and advancing best practices; and highlighting the latest innovation and applications.

EDP Sciences is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, despite wars and pandemics, has stood the test of time by applying the most rigorous standards to the publishing process. EDP Sciences was created in 1920 by a group of far-sighted scientists and industrialists. Marie Curie, Louis de Broglie, Paul Langevin and more created the foundations for the EDP Sciences that the scholarly publishing community knows today, and EDP Sciences maintains the same high standards of publication and peer review 100 years later.

Earlier in 2020, EDP Sciences has announced the launch of its new submission system (NESTOR) which offers ‘easier, faster, safer submissions’ with full video integration provided by Cadmore Media. Developed entirely in-house by a small team, this new system considers all stakeholders and has been carefully crafted to facilitate the needs of editors, authors, and reviewers. EDP Sciences is supporting both its authors and its reviewers with the new system.

EDP Sciences continues to support its ‘Scientific Writing Masterclasses’ program with the aim to enable early career researchers and students to better understand the publishing process. The next session is due to take place at Paris-Saclay University from October 12-13, 2020, and will offer a chemistry subject focus. EDP Sciences continues to develop supporting resources for the workshops, including video interviews from the EiCs of Parasite and Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate that provide advice for early career researchers.

Peer-review remains a core element of the masterclasses, with participants having the opportunity to review articles and receive constructive feedback on their own articles. For the next session in October 2020, participants will use NESTOR for the activities.

4open, the open access journal built on the four pillars of Open Science, is still actively encouraging the use of open peer-review. This element is currently optional and requires the ‘opt in’ of all parties. In time, the journal believes that the option will encourage a more holistic view of a published piece of work, and will provide a more thorough evaluation. The team at 4open is looking forward to publishing its first article with the open peer review element and for it to become an established part of the publishing process. 4open, like most of EDP sciences journals, follows the standards and guidelines provided by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

EDP Sciences believes that transparency in the peer review process enhances the progression of the scholarly publishing community, and it is committed to facilitating the progression as it has been for the past 100 years.

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