My professional career has been in scientific and scholarly publishing. For much of that time my work has focused on editorial office procedures and policies, and the electronic systems that support them. Through my career, I have been able to conduct research into various aspects of peer review and published these results as journal articles.

Peer Review: Reform and Renewal in Scientific Publishing

Published in 2018 as part of the series Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals, this short book details the history of peer review and its status a cornerstone of scientific publishing. Written for publishers, researchers, and librarians, this book gives a useful introduction to peer review.


“Peer Review: Reform and Renewal in Scientific Publishing is an engaging, accessible overview of the processes of peer review in scholarly journal publication.” – Sarah Fitzgerald, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication


Gaston, T.E., Ounsworth, F., Senders, T., Ritchie, S. and Jones, E. (2020), Factors affecting journal submission numbers: Impact factor and peer review reputation. Learned Publishing, 33: 154-162. doi:10.1002/leap.1285

Allen, H., Cury, A., Gaston, T., Graf, C., Wakley, H. and Willis, M. (2019), What does better peer review look like? Underlying principles and recommendations for better practice. Learned Publishing, 32: 163-175. doi:10.1002/leap.1222

McGlinchey, N., Hunter, T., Bromley, J., Fisher, R., Debiec‐Waszak, A. and Gaston, T. (2019), Do Journal Administrators solve the reviewer assignment problem as well as editors? Consideration of reviewer rigour and timeliness. Learned Publishing, 32: 37-46. doi:10.1002/leap.1225

Smart, P. and Gaston, T. (2019), How prevalent are plagiarized submissions? Global survey of editors. Learned Publishing, 32: 47-56. doi:10.1002/leap.1218

Gaston, T. and Smart, P. (2018), What influences the regional diversity of reviewers: A study of medical and agricultural/biological sciences journals. Learned Publishing, 31: 189-197. doi:10.1002/leap.1155

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