Vol. 14 No. 1 (2023): Peer review: a process undergoing a required transformation

Global Trends in Knowledge Production and the Evolving Peer Review Process

Steven Witt
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Published 2022-12-19


  • Publication Ethics,
  • Information Society,
  • Library and Information Science,
  • Peer Review Ethics

How to Cite

Witt, S. (2022). Global Trends in Knowledge Production and the Evolving Peer Review Process. JLIS.It, 14(1), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.36253/jlis.it-515


This essay thus seeks to provide further critique and clarity to the peer review process and the ways in which management of peer review is evolving. These changes occur within a context of massive growth in the knowledge production process: global trends, information technologies, and policies that encourage more people globally to take part in the research process. Associated with these global changes are stressors on the peer review process and particularly questions about who gets to be a peer reviewer and who has the right to produce knowledge under these processes.  Less a formal review and analysis of peer review across LIS, this essay takes the form of an autoethnographic narrative that that seeks to draw upon the researcher’s personal observations, experience, and reflections to critically examine changes to the peer review system that are taking place.


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