Dr. Irene Hames is an independent research-publication and peer-review specialist with over 30 years' experience in scholarly publishing. Currently, Dr. Hames holds advisory roles with a number of organizations such as Sense About Science and the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors. She holds a PhD in cell biology, is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, and sits on the Society’s Research Dissemination Committee. (See her extended biographical summary in part one of the interview series.)
In the previous segments of our interview series, Dr. Hames discussed ethical issues in scholarly publication, the work of the Committee on Publication Ethics, how the journal editorial process has evolved over the years, and what the community can expect from peer review. In the last part of the series, she shares how journal editors should handle flaws with studies, how she and thousands of other scientists help promote a public understanding of science, and more.
When peer review fails to catch serious flaw with studies, how do journals typically handle matters internally? How rigorous and prompt is (or should be) the journal’s approach to address and improve their system and staff/reviewer practices?