Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy

STM recognises a need for identifying and standardising definitions and terminology in (open) peer review practices. A Peer Review Taxonomy that is used across publishers will help make the peer review process for articles more transparentit will also enable the community to better assess and compare peer review practices between different journals.

With this background, STM has set up a working group to develop such standardised definitions and associated best practice recommendation, to be widely supported by publishers and other scholarly stakeholders. In addition, the working group should develop a full proposal of actions for broad implementation of the terminology across STM publishers.

The first draft of the taxonomy is published here open for consultation. The public consultation phase will last until August 14th, and we invite people involved in peer review to comment on the draft. A recording of a webinar where the draft taxonomy was presented can be found here.

Members of the Working Group:

Caroline Black, Publishing Director for STM Journals, Cambridge University Press
Maria Kowalczuk, Research Integrity Manager, Springer Nature
Sabina Alam, Director, Publishing Ethics & Integrity, Taylor & Francis
Elizabeth Moylan, Publisher, Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics, Wiley
Lois Jones, Peer Review manager, American Psychological Association
Bahar Mehmani, Reviewer Experience Lead, Elsevier
Gabe Stein, Head of Product and Operations, Knowledge Futures Group
Alison Larkin, Senior Manager, Peer Review Support Services, IEEE

Joris van Rossum, STM (project lead)

For more information, please contact Joris van Rossum at