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NISO Plus 2023 was a virtual global event which happened around the world on February 14-16, 2023. Building on our track record of engagement and conversation, we brought the same quality of content from 2020-2022 to our 2023 gathering. Dozens of amazing speakers and keynotes from across the globe share their knowledge and expertise on important topics for the information community.
Peer review is caught at a critical moment. The ever-growing number of submissions to journals requires 2-3 reviewers per reviewed manuscript, and, frankly, it feels like the system is at breaking point. Review requests seem to be concentrated on older, white, western males - with whole continents under-represented in the process - and academics can barely afford the time these days to devote to 'free' labour when their own research positions are under scrutiny and uncertain. It's not unusual nowadays to hear of papers with significant delays to editorial decision simply because the editorial office can't find 2 or 3 qualified reviewers to agree to review it. Desk rejects are becoming more common, not because of content, but because reviewers can't be found.

So, what is the answer? Open review platforms, paying reviewers, payment in kind, wider reviewer pools, new forms of review? We'll be discussing all of these and more. Join us!
This presentation was provided by Iain Hrynaszkiewicz of Open Research Solutions during the two-day "NISO Tech Summit: Reflections Upon The Year of Open Science." Day one was held on October 25, 2023.
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