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Given the central place of publication in the diffusion of scientific information, we have held conferences every 4 years since 1989 to present research into the quality of publication processes, including editorial peer review. The Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication was held in Chicago in September 2017.

As we have written in our Call for Research, “the quantity and quality of scientific research have never been greater, but with unprecedented promise comes unprecedented peril. There are better scientific policies and processes, stronger standards for openness and transparency, and innovative technologies to collaborate and publish. However, the rapidly evolving scientific publication ecosystem that facilitates research dissemination also enables research waste, predation, and piracy. The challenge of distinguishing information from noise, innovation from dystopianlike disruption, and opportunity from threat has created new levels of excitement and angst for those engaged in research and its reporting, publication, and distribution.”

The COVID-19 global pandemic has added many new challenges. Thus, in these historically challenging circumstances and to maintain the format and engagement of the Congress, we have deferred the Ninth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication to 2022. It will be held September 8-10, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois.

John P. A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc
Michael Berkwits, MD, MSCE
Annette Flanagin, RN, MA
Fiona Godlee, MBBChir, FRCP4
Theodora Bloom, PhD