Literally … the Jan 08 issue, complements of the Center for Scientific Review. Seems as though the big news is that formal recommendations on enhancing peer review will be made to the Great Zerhouni et al. in February 2008. In the meantime, you can check out the revolutionary ideas in the Insider’s Guide to Peer Review for Applicants prepared by current and retired study section chairs. Seriously, though, nice concise compilation of sound advice.
Also of possible interest … study sections can expect to have one meeting a year held somewhere other than Bethesda/Rockville & environs, specifically in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. SROs (scientific review officers, formerly known as SRAs) can seek approval to use other major west coast cities.
The newsletter also reports improvements in speed, ease of use, and convenience of the online message board-based review system (asynchronous electronic discussion) … and the availability of reports for individual open house workshops on re-aligning various integrated review groups and the promise of a comprehensive final report soon.
Speaking of which, CSR replaced the current Division of Clinical and Population-based Studies with a new Division of Healthcare, Population and Behavioral Sciences and split the current Health of the Population IRG into two new IRGs. Altogether, the Division will have 5 IRGs: Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes; Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior; AIDS and Related Research; Epidemiological and Population Sciences; and Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies.
And elsewhere … Nature Neuroscience has an editorial that does a nice job recapping the peer review review & revamping effort.