Equity in Peer Review

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Equity in Peer Review

 23 - 25 May 2022

ICMS, Bayes Centre, Edinburgh

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  • Eugenie Hunsicker, Loughborough University
  • Tara Brendle, University of Glasgow
  • 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 (the problem of "epistemic injustice"). Additionally, there is considerable evidence of bias in reviews based on demographics of authors.

Bringing 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 this workshop will allow the community to discuss best practices for peer review in mathematics.   The workshop will provide a critical opportunity for the mathematics community to come together with peer review experts with the objective of developing strategies for peer review in contexts such as future REF panels, grants and editorial structures.

Each session will begin with talks from experts in each area and there will be ample opportunity each day for small group discussions on the topics presented.

The workshop will focus on three key areas of peer review:

  • Publications
  • REF
  • Funding

Each session will begin with talks from experts in each area and there will be ample opportunity each day for small group discussions on the topics presented. Please note, talks will NOT be recorded at this workshop. 



Equity in Peer Review Workshop Programme

Monday 23 May 2022: Publications
09.00 Registration
10.00 Christian Greiffenhagen (Online) , CUHK The Disciplinary Specificity of Peer Review: 'Quick Options' in Mathematical Peer Review
10.30 Refreshments
11.00 John Hunton , Durham University, LMS Peer Review and Editorial Processes
11.00 Stephen Gilmour (Online) , King's College London, RSS Peer Review and Editorial Processes
11.00 Thomas Archibald , University of Edinburgh, ORS Peer Review and Editorial Processes
12.30 Lunch with Refreshments
13.30 Benedikt Loewe , Universität Hamburg Mathematical peer review and correctness of proofs
14.00 Helena Mihaljević (Online) , HTW Berlin Presence of Women in Renowned Journals: a Data Science Perspective on Publication Metadata
14.30 Haixin Dang (Online) , University of Nebraska Peer Review and the Social Structure of Mathematics
15.00 Break with Refreshments
15.30 Break-Out Discussions
16.30 Reconvene and Summarize Discussions
17.00 Welcome Reception at ICMS
Tuesday 24 May 2022: REF
09.00 Alison Etheridge & Ken Brown , University of Oxford & University of Glasgow Peer Review Process for 2021 REF
10.00 Break with Refreshments
10.30 Ursula Martin , University of Oxford/University of Edinburgh How Mathematics has Impact: an Analysis of the UK REF 2014
11.15 Colin Rittberg , Vrije Universiteit Brussel Epistemic Exclusion in Mathematics
12.00 Lunch with refreshments
13.30 Michael Barany , University of Edinburgh Bigger is not Always Better: Scale, Amplification, Compromise, and Inequality in Mathematical Funding and Review
14.00 Comfort Break
14.15 REF Panel
15.30 Break with Refreshments
16.00 Break-Out Groups
17.00 Reconvene and Summarize Discussions
18.00 Workshop Dinner , Raeburn Room, Old College
Wednesday 25 May 2022: Funding
09.00 Katie Blaney (Online) , EPSRC Peer Review and Funding Processes
09.00 Sara Lombardo , EPSRC Mathematical Sciences SAT Reflections from Engaging with EPSRC/UKRI
09.00 Maria Teresa Gonzalez Cerveron , ERC ERC Funding and the Evaluation Process
11.00 Break with Refreshments
11.30 Stephen Pinfield , University of Sheffield Excellence and Peer Review
12.00 Lunch with Refreshments
13.00 Break-Out Groups
14.30 Reconvene and Summaries