A new take on peer review – an author experience of Peerage of Science

Posted by Biome on 11th September 2013 - 3 Comments

Last week, BioMed Central published its first research article to be peer-reviewed via the new community review initiative Peerage of Science. Coinciding with the announcement that four BioMed Central journals have now officially upgraded to full membership of the service, Seniro Executive Editor for BMC Ecology Simon Harold (@sid_or_simon) spoke to the article’s lead author about her experience of using this new peer review and publishing system.


Jenny Dunn, conservation scientist, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK.

Conservation scientist Jenny Dunn of the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) discusses the reasons that first lead to her submitting research through Peerage of Science, whilst also outlining ongoing work investigating blood parasites in wild bird populations – including her recent research published in BMC Ecology on yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella), a declining species of farmland specialists.

A yellowhammer bird. Image source: Jenny Dunn, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Jenny Dunn began her research career at the University of Leeds, focusing on farmland bird ecology, particularly the interactions between food availability, predation risk, and blood parasites using the red-listed yellowhammer as a study species. Now at the RSPB Dunn leads a project on turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) monitoring and conservation that aims to determine why this species has experienced such rapid declines in UK populations over the last 40 years, as well as testing the potential for a new agri-environment scheme designed to provide a food source for birds returning from winter migration. Dunn is also a visiting research fellow in the school of biology at the University of Leeds, UK.

For more on the Peerage of Science initiative take a look at Biome’s Q&A with co-founder Janne-Tuomas Seppänen.