[Bioclusters] Invitation to a Symposium on Peer Reviewing

ISPR/KGCM 2009 ispr at mail.ICTconfer.org
Thu Feb 12 15:15:58 EST 2009

Only 8% members of the Scientific Research Society agreed that "peer review works well as it is." (Chubin and Hackett, 1990; p.192).

"A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and an analysis of the peer review system substantiate complaints about this fundamental aspect of scientific research." (Horrobin, 2001).

Horrobin concludes that peer review "is a non-validated charade whose processes generate results little better than does chance." (Horrobin, 2001). This has been statistically proven and reported by an increasing number of journal editors.

Since a growing number of studies conclude that peer review is flawed and ineffective as it is being implemented, why not apply scientific and engineering research and methods to the peer review process?

This is the purpose of the International Symposium on Peer Reviewing: ISPR (http://www.ICTconfer.org/ispr) being organized in the context of The 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management: KGCM 2009 (http://www.ICTconfer.org/kgcm), which will be held on July 10-13, 2009, in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Deadlines for ISPR 2009 and KGCM 2009

March 18th, 2009, for papers/abstracts submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals
April 13th, 2009: Authors Notification
May 27th, 2009: Camera ready, final version

Pre-Conference and Post-conference VIRTUAL sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so sessions' papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before the conferences, and after it is over. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

All Submitted papers will be reviewed using a double-blind (at least three reviewers), non-blind, and participative peer review. Accepted papers of registered authors will be published in the printed copy and the CD versions of the Proceedings. The proceedings will also be published via web for Full Open Access.

All attendees of the last KGCM 2008 conference, and its collocated ones, were asked to be surveyed online. Those who filled the survey form (602 attendees) rated the conferences with an average of 8.42 on a scale of 10. More specifically, 58.7% rated them in the range of 8-10, while just 7 attendees (1.16%) rated them below 5. More details regarding this and other questions can be found at: http://www.iiis.org/iiis/StatisticsandOpinions/WMSCI2008/

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference will have access to the reviews made to their submission so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

All accepted papers where at least one author is registered in the conference will be included in the hard copy and the CD versions of the conference proceedings.

For Invited Sessions Proposals, please go to the conference web site. The best paper of each invited session will also be published in JSCI at no additional cost for the author Invited session organizers will be co-editors of the proceedings volume where their session's papers are to be included, and they will be guest editors of the Journal issue where the best paper presented at their invited session has been included.

Awards will be granted to the best paper of those presented at each session. The best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be selected from these session's best papers, and will also be published in Volume 7 of JSCI Journal (http://www.j-sci.com/Journal/SCI/), with no additional cost for their authors. Libraries of journal author's organizations will receive complimentary subscriptions to at least one volume (6 issues).

Best regards,

ISPR/KGCM 2009 Organizing committee

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