ILISA Workshop on Peer Review
The Iranian Library and Information Science Association (ILISA) organized a workshop entitled “Methods, Approaches, and Criteria of Refereeing Scientific Papers”. The workshop took place yesterday (19 January) at the National Library, and Dr. Fattahi and I were the speakers. About 40 people from various disciplines, mainly LIS, attended the workshop. Over the last 9 years, ILISA and its provincial branches have held about 200 workshops on various topics around the country. However, this one was the first on this specific issue. The participants were either academic journal referees, members of editorial boards, academic staff, librarians or just readers who were interested to learn more about the refereeing process. In this event, we talked about the necessity and the main objectives of peer review, different approaches and methods in peer review, the desirable qualifications of good referees, and also the possible challenges and pitfalls in peer review. We also analysed a sample of referees’ comments on some real papers to provide the participants with a number of authentic examples. At the end, we asked the participants to critically analyse a sample paper and share their ideas about it with each other. In general, I think it was a very successful session as we enjoyed of profound discussions with the participants on various aspects of the peer review process. A more detailed report of this workshop is available at LISNA website.