Elizabeth Wager (Sideview, UK)
Abstract: Peer-reviewed publications have changed remarkably little in over 300 years. The format of most journal articles is essentially unchanged and many journals still view the printed version as the authoritative one. Similarly, the peer-review process, while taking advantage of electronic communications, is almost the same as that used in the 17th century. There has been little research into how publications are used and how they could be made more useful, but online publication and social media offer great potential for innovation. I will assess the traditional model, review developments and innovations, and consider what more could be done to improve the efficiency of the academic publication process and the usefulness of scientific research to a range of user groups.
Short Biography: Elizabeth (Liz) Wager, PhD is a freelance consultant and trainer who has worked on six continents. She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (2009-2012) and is a member of the ethics committees of The BMJ and World Association of Medical Editors. She is a co-author of Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies, the Wiley-Blackwell Guidelines on Publication Ethics, and various COPE guidelines. She is the author of ‘Getting Research Published: An A to Z of Publication Strategy’ and ‘How to Survive Peer Review’. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Split Medical School, Croatia.