Equity and peer review in mathematics

5-7 May 2020

ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

Scientific Organisers

  • Tara Brendle, University of Glasgow
  • Eugenie Hunsicker, Loughborough University
  • Fenner Tanswell, Loughborough University

Peer review is the central method through which mathematical quality is judged for dissemination and funding. Thus, it is of central interest to the discipline of mathematics that we are working to ensure that the best mathematics is supported. However, studies of peer review suggest that current practices do not always accomplish this, with poor quality, incomplete or incorrect work getting published while other work that is of better quality is not. Additionally, there is considerable evidence of bias in reviews and inequalities in funding based on demographics of authors.
This meeting proposes to bring together philosophers and social scientists studying peer review practices in mathematics with mathematicians, representatives from funding agencies, the REF Mathematics panel and mathematical journal editors to discuss best practices for peer review in mathematics. The goal is to open up discussion of this area, including its myriad challenges, and collaborate among these different interested communities to arrive at:
-   Recommendations of practical changes we could implement now to improve peer review;
-   A set of practices or principles we should aim for in the future;
-   A list of research questions that we need to answer before we can decide on the best way forward.

Details regarding participation will appear here shortly.

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