As we wrote before we are celebrating Peer Review Week 2016 by focusing on the theme “recognition for review”. Our aim this Peer Review Week will be to publish interviews with scholars from different disciplines at Stockholm University.
Today we publish a short interview with Nils-Lennart Johannesson, Professor at the Department of English at Stockholm University & Editor-in-Chief of Stockholm English Studies.
Why is peer-review important in your field today?
– Peer-review is of course a very important tool to ensure high quality in the case of research articles and monographs.
What do you think about the future of peer-review?
– Personally I have always seen double-blind peer-reviewing as the way to go to ensure complete honesty from reviewers who may be faced with the need to write an unfavourable review. Of course, I can also see the importance of being able to refer to review work in one’s CV, so it is understandable that the current trend is towards “recognition for review”.
What would make you accept (or reject) an invitation to review an article, a book or a research proposal?
– For me to accept an invitation to review, the article etc. would have to be a work that is sufficiently close to my own field of research that I would feel I could make a meaningful contribution to the field through my review.
Do you have any thoughts or want to contribute with your thoughts on Peer Review? Please leave a comment.