September 23, 2021

Altum Joins NISO Peer Review Taxonomy Working Group

Peer review is best known for the role it plays in the scholarly publishing world. But it is also true that peer review plays a critical role in the research funding process. The overarching goal of grant peer review is to guarantee that the grant maker is funding the best research. Grant peer review ensures funded studies and research projects are aligned with the funder’s mission.

Earlier this year, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and STM, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers announced the formation of a new NISO Working Group to formalize Peer Review Taxonomy as an ANSI/NISO standard. Today, in conjunction with Peer Review Week 2021, Altum is excited to join the NISO working group as a founding member.

In 2019, an STM Working Group was formed, which developed standard definitions and best practice recommendations for the communication of peer review processes, now available in its version 2.0 form. NISO will now take on this output and further develop it into a version 3.0, which will be made available for public comment and then published as a formal ANSI/NISO standard once it has been reviewed and approved by NISO Voting Members.

“Altum is pleased to be a NISO Voting Member and to participate in the working group and we look forward to helping it achieve its goals,” said Steve Pinchotti, CEO of Altum. “Peer review is a crucial process in scholarly communication and in the research funding process. Standards help drive efficiency and streamline communication, which ultimately help researchers, institutions, and funders achieve better outcomes faster. This is particularly true with the accelerated shift toward open science. It’s imperative that all parties have predictability into the processes and methods used by all participants in the research ecosystem.”

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