Conference – Invited Speakers

Isabelle Boutron is professor of epidemiology at the Paris Descartes University and researcher at the INSERM- Sorbonne Paris Cité Epidemiology and Statistics Research Centre in the METHODS team. She is deputy director of the French EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Centre, deputy director of Cochrane France and co-convenor of the Bias Methods group of the Cochrane. Her research activities mainly focus on investigating how clinical research is planned, conducted, and reported. Her work on the peer-review process demonstrated the failure of the peer-review process to detect inadequate reporting and spin. She showed the discrepancies between expectancies of peer-reviewers and editors and highlighted the low level of evidence supporting the peer-review process.

The title of her talk is: “Improving peer review via controlled experiments”.

Edward Hackett is currently vice provost for research at Brandeis University and a professor in the Heller School of Social Policy and Management. He got a PhD in Sociology from Cornell in 1979. With Daryl E Chubin, he authored one of the most influential books on peer review “Peerless science: Peer review and US science policy” (1990, State University of New York). He is currently editor of Science, Technology & Human Values.

The title of his talk is: “What’s the matter with peer review?”.


Irene Hames is an independent advisor on peer review, research integrity and publication ethics. Her experience in research communication and publication spans 40 years, including 20 years as the managing editor of a large scientific journal. She is the author of the book Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals, and in 2011 was the specialist advisor to the UK Parliament House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for its inquiry into peer review and the resulting report, Peer Review in Scientific Publications. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and in 2017 was awarded the Publons inaugural Sentinel Award for outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review.

Irene will be talking on ethical issues and transparency in peer review.