Congratulations to Irene, the winner of Publons' inaugural Sentinel Award - for outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review!
Also special mention to runner-up Michèle B. Nuijten for the project: Statcheck.
Irene Hames was a significant contender for the inaugural Sentinel Award, having spent much of her long career in scholarly publishing working on peer review and publication ethics. She has worked tirelessly to help editors, journals and publishers improve the quality of their peer-review and editorial processes, and championed the critical importance of robust peer review amongst the research community.
"The 40 years I've spent in research communication and scholarly publishing have made me aware of the value of peer review - when carried out effectively and efficiently it's a very powerful tool.
The quality of peer review varies enormously, however, and so it's terrific that there are so many current efforts to improve and innovate it.
It's great, too, that contributions to peer review are being recognised. I'm really delighted, and deeply honoured, to receive the inaugural Sentinel Award.
There are many dedicated people carrying out high-quality peer review, so this award is for all of them too, not just me!"
You can read more about Irene in our "Talking Peer Review" Q&A series with each of the Sentinel Award nominees, and here is a video of Irene accepting the award:
Left to right: Andrew Preston, Managing Director, Publons; Irene Hames, 2017 Sentinel Award winner; Alice Meadows, Sentinel Judge & Director of Community Engagement & Support for ORCiD
A big thank you to our expert panel of judges, and congratulations to the rest of the Sentinel Award nominees: Retraction Watch, American Geophysical Union, ORCiD, F1000Research, The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Kyle Martin and Gareth Fraser.
Each bring significant value to scholarly peer review, transforming and improving various aspects of the system to bring more recognition to reviewers, and more transparency to the process.
Congratulations again and here's to Peer Review Week 2018!