Inclusive peer review project

Inclusive Peer Review Project


The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory is working with the University of Southampton and the British Journal of Learning Disabilities on a new project exploring inclusive peer review.

People with learning disabilities are routinely excluded from research processes and the Research Voices Citizens’ Jury set priorities for inclusive research that included the process of publication and dissemination.

Building on the learning from the Research Voices work, this project applies an adapted Citizens’ Jury method to investigate the opportunities of inclusive academic peer review with people with learning disabilities.

A group of people with learning disabilities from England, Scotland and Wales will meet online and will be supported to understand more research and the role of peer review. The group will hear from a panel of expert witnesses with experience of the peer review process before deliberating and forming recommendations for the future of inclusive peer review. Recommendations, questions, and proposed processes generated through this work will be taken forward for consideration by the British Journal of Learning Disabilities.

This is a short project running from February 2022 to April 2022 which we hope will spark a wider conversation about how best to involve people with learning disabilities in the peer review process. For more information about this work please contact