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September 16, 2019

The Ninth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication: A Call for Research

Author Affiliations
  • 1Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • 2Meta-Research Innovation Center–Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • 3JAMA and the JAMA Network, Chicago, Illinois
  • 4BMJ, London, England
JAMA. 2019;322(17):1658-1660. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.15516

The quantity and quality of scientific research have never been greater, but with unprecedented promise comes unprecedented peril. There are better scientific policies and processes, stronger standards for openness and transparency, and innovative technologies to collaborate and publish. However, the rapidly evolving scientific publication ecosystem that facilitates research dissemination also enables research waste, predation, and piracy. The challenge of distinguishing information from noise, innovation from dystopianlike disruption, and opportunity from threat has created new levels of excitement and angst for those engaged in research and its reporting, publication, and distribution.

In these historically challenging circumstances, we announce the Ninth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication,1 which will take place September 12-14, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. Since the very first Congress in 1989, founded by Drummond Rennie,2 the aim has been to encourage research into the quality and credibility of peer review and scientific publication. The goal is to strengthen the evidence base so that all those involved in science (including but not limited to researchers, editors, publishers, funders, policy makers, academics, and representatives of universities, industry, media, and the general public) can improve the conduct, reporting, and dissemination of scientific research.1