From September 19–23, institutions and organizations across the United States hosted a range of events to recognize postdoctoral scholars as part of the seventh annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW). At the same time, Peer Review Week explored how those involved in reviewing scholarly publications should be recognized for their contributions. The corresponding week-long celebrations were observed with workshops and networking sessions as well as virtual events, such as webinars and social media activities.
Recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association, NPAW is now commemorated at dozens of institutions across the country. In 2014, it was recognized by nearly 100 institutions in 36 states and Canada with as many as 303 different events to raise awareness of the important role and contributions of postdoctoral scholars. Coverage of this year’s events can be followed on Twitter via the hashtag #NPAW2016.
Following the success of 2015’s inaugural Peer Review Week, 20 leaders from various publishing organizations came together to organize a second event. The group hopes to improve understanding of the principle of peer review and how it is practiced within the scholarly community. Those interested in supporting their efforts may do so by following the hashtags #PeerRevWk16 and #RecognizeReview on Twitter and Facebook.