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[xmca] FW: Invitation to a Symposium on Peer Reviewing

Subject: Invitation to a Symposium on Peer Reviewing

Only 8% members of the Scientific Research Society agreed that "peer review
works well as it is." (Chubin and Hackett, 1990; p.192).

"A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and an analysis of the peer review
system substantiate complaints about this fundamental aspect of scientific
research." (Horrobin, 2001).

Horrobin concludes that peer review "is a non-validated charade whose
processes generate results little better than does chance." (Horrobin,
2001). This has been statistically proven and reported by an increasing
number of journal editors.

Since a growing number of studies conclude that peer review is flawed and
ineffective as it is being implemented, why not apply scientific and
engineering research and methods to the peer review process?

This is the purpose of the International Symposium on Peer Reviewing: ISPR
(http://www.ICTconfer.org/ispr) being organized in the context of The 3rd
International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and
Management: KGCM 2009 (http://www.ICTconfer.org/kgcm), which will be held on
July 10-13, 2009, in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Deadlines for ISPR 2009 and KGCM 2009

March 18th, 2009, for papers/abstracts submissions and Invited Sessions
April 13th, 2009: Authors Notification
May 27th, 2009: Camera ready, final version

Pre-Conference and Post-conference VIRTUAL sessions (via electronic forums)
will be held for each session included in the conference program, so
sessions' papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting
at the same session can interact during one week before the conferences, and
after it is over. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in
virtual sessions.

All Submitted papers will be reviewed using a double-blind (at least three
reviewers), non-blind, and participative peer review. Accepted papers of
registered authors will be published in the printed copy and the CD versions
of the Proceedings. The proceedings will also be published via web for Full
Open Access.

All attendees of the last KGCM 2008 conference, and its collocated ones,
were asked to be surveyed online. Those who filled the survey form (602
attendees) rated the conferences with an average of 8.42 on a scale of 10.
More specifically, 58.7% rated them in the range of 8-10, while just 7
attendees (1.16%) rated them below 5. More details regarding this and other
questions can be found at:

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference will have access
to the reviews made to their submission so they can accordingly improve the
final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access
to the reviews of their respective submissions.

All accepted papers where at least one author is registered in the
conference will be included in the hard copy and the CD versions of the
conference proceedings.

For Invited Sessions Proposals, please go to the conference web site. The
best paper of each invited session will also be published in JSCI at no
additional cost for the author Invited session organizers will be co-editors
of the proceedings volume where their session's papers are to be included,
and they will be guest editors of the Journal issue where the best paper
presented at their invited session has been included.

Awards will be granted to the best paper of those presented at each session.
The best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be selected
from these session's best papers, and will also be published in Volume 7 of
JSCI Journal (http://www.j-sci.com/Journal/SCI/), with no additional cost
for their authors. Libraries of journal author's organizations will receive
complimentary subscriptions to at least one volume (6 issues).

Best regards,

ISPR/KGCM 2009 Organizing committee

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