Upcoming "Trust in Peer Review" panel discussion and AskUP website from AUPresses

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A post from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications.

Check out two new resources from the Association of University Presses:

  • A panel discussion on transforming peer review for Peer Review week; and
  • A new website offering answers to your questions about publishing

On September 25, join five university press editors to discuss “Trust in Peer Review” at 12 PM ET. Trust is a crucial element of successful peer review. Acquisitions editors, authors, readers, and Faculty Board members need to trust that all parties have approached the process in good faith, with the goal of making each manuscript into the best book it can be. But what happens when elitism, sexism, racism, classism, and colonial and gatekeeping mindsets disrupt the process? How can we, as editors, cultivate a peer review process that empowers and respects authors and readers, editors and board members, while at the same time reflects the values of university presses as well as new directions and priorities? Can we use peer review to change time-honored traditions that intentionally and/or unintentionally reinforce hierarchy? Is it time to revolutionize peer review? Join us as we contemplate revolt, reform, and consider the always difficult but exciting topic of peer review.

Moderated by:
Peggy Solic, Acquisitions Editor, Syracuse University Press
Debbie Gershenowitz, Executive Editor, University of North Carolina Press
With panelists:
Kyle Gipson, Assistant Editor, Johns Hopkins University Press
Chris Robinson, Commissioning Editor, Journals, Cambridge University Press
Kerry Webb, Senior Editor, University of Texas Press

*Advance registration is required. Please register here.*

The session will be held using Zoom. The URL to access the session will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

Ask UP - Authors Seeking Knowledge from University Presses

And if the panel leaves you with more questions about how university press publishing works, check out the FAQ at the new Ask UP website. It offers information in seven broad areas: book publishing; journal publishing; digital publishing; contracts; permissions; editorial and production; and marketing. You can also submit your own questions, and the hosting press will post answers. The inaugural host is NYU Press; every quarter, a new press will take on hosting duties.