Peer reviewing search methods: Putting librarian expertise into practice – Kirsten Elliott. Summer Conference 2024

Kirsten Elliott, Research Intelligence Librarian, University of Nottingham.


Rigorous search methods are essential for the development of high-quality evidence synthesis publications like systematic reviews, yet too often such publications are not peer reviewed by anyone with searching expertise. This session will introduce some of the ways librarians and information specialists can participate in peer review and contribute their searching knowledge and experience. It will consider individual and community benefits of information professionals’ participation in peer review, and the barriers to doing so. Participants in the session will look at specific systematic reviews at different points in the publication process to gain a practical understanding of peer review approaches. There will be the opportunity to reflect on reviewing experiences and share resources for further learning and skills development.


Kirsten Elliott is a Research Intelligence Librarian at the University of Nottingham, and previously worked for Imperial College London in the Medicine and NHS Support team. She is co-founder of Fair Library Jobs and peer reviews as an information specialist for the Campbell Collaboration.

Summer Conference 2024: Learn Long and Prosper

UHMLG’s 2024 Summer Conference brings together a range of fantastic speakers to look at the future of health librarianship. The conference is taking place in person at the University of Lancaster and spans two half days (4-5 July, 2024). Our core audience is UK / Republic of Ireland health and medical librarians from the Higher Education and NHS / health sectors, but we welcome delegates from any area of librarianship, and from anywhere in the world.

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