Peer-review Process

The challenge with undertaking a rigorous peer-review of the Integrated Regenerative Design framework is that none of the existing, traditional venues that normally conduct peer-review are well-equipped to handle the cross-disciplinary nature of the review required.

This has required the creation of a self-assembled and self-reporting team that spans the range of fields required to adequately review such as inclusive approach to design. IIRD is actively seeking reviewers with the relevant academic and industry credentials to participate in the review process. 

Ways to Contribute

To accommodate different levels of interest, available time, and areas of expertise, reviewers can choose to either volunteer as an informal reviewer or a formal reviewer, and as either a systems reviewer or a subject-matter reviewer.

An informal reviewer volunteers to provide review and feedback of a more limited scope, participating in discussion, online meetings, and other review processes as time allows. This status is for those who are interested in participating but who feel they are not able at this point to make the full time commitment required of a formal reviewer.

A formal reviewer would be an expert that volunteers to have a more in-depth involvement in the peer-review process, providing ongoing feedback, in-depth analysis, and consistent participation in online meetings during a particular peer-review phase.

A systems reviewer would be an expert whose experience is in whole-systems thinking and who provides feed-back on the overall structure of the Integrated Regenerative Design framework. This would include helping to develop the principles and guidelines into a minimum spanning set that still covers everything that is needed.

A subject-matter reviewer is an expert with deep experience in one or more specific topics who agrees to provide feedback on the specific principles and design guidelines that fall within that expertise. This would involve helping to ensure that those principles and guidelines are properly inclusive and that the terminology and technical content is correct inside of its technical design field.

Putting that together, reviewers will fall into one of these four categories:

  1. Formal Systems Reviewer
  2. Informal Systems Reviewer
  3. Formal Subject-matter Reviewer
  4. Informal Subject-matter Reviewer

A single individual could obviously volunteer to be both a systems reviewer and a subject-matter reviewer if they had the expertise and credentials for both.

Credentials for Reviewers

In order to maintain the required level of professional credibility, formal reviewers should have a high level of recognized expertise and/or credentialing in their respective field.

Academic degrees, professional work experience, and recognized published works are all important for establishing credibility.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the peer-review team, please drop us a note via the contact form.