Web seminar on “Select Crowd Review: A new efficient method to organize peer review”

On December 7, 2020, our a virtual seminar on “Select Crowd Review: A new efficient method to organize peer review” with talks by the founders of this innovative peer review method took place. We would like to say thank you to our speakers and the almost 450 registrants and 250 attendees for this wonderful event!

Select Crowd Review allows editors to evaluate a manuscript within a very short time by using the mechanisms of social media communication while maintaining or even improving the quality of feedback.

We hosted a virtual seminar with talks by the founders Prof. Benjamin List as well as Maël Frize from Filestage, our collaboration partner for the innovative tech development of Select Crowd Review.

They introduced the concept and the advancement of the method, discussed the perception of select crowd and classical peer review within the author community, and gave an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at the process.

The event took place twice, a morning and an afternoon session, to allow participants from all regions of the world to attend. 

The symposium was chaired by Sue Hodgson, accompanied by our panelists Dr. Kathrin Ulbrich and Dr. Peter Henning (Thieme Group, Germany). 
Prof. Benjamin List
Director at Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany
SYNLETT Editor-in-Chief
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Maël Frize
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer
Filestage GmbH
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Dr. Kathrin Ulbrich
Scientific Editor
Thieme Group, Germany

Dr. Peter Henning
Editor and Project Manager
Thieme Group, Germany



Sue Hodgson
Senior Vice President Thieme Chemistry
Thieme Group, Germany





(all times in CET)

Time slot 1                
Time slot 2               
10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Sue Hodgson (Senior Vice President, Thieme Chemistry)
10:05 AM
5:05 PM
Advancing Peer Review
Prof. Benjamin List (Director at Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, SYNLETT Editor-in-Chief)
10:20 AM 5:20 PM
How Filestage got involved in Select Crowd Review and the partnership with Thieme
Maël Frize (Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Filestage GmbH)
10:35 AM 5:35 PM
Open Q&A session
With all speakers and panelists
10:50 AM 5:50 PM
Sue Hodgson (Senior Vice President, Thieme Chemistry)


About Select Crowd Review

The Select Crowd Review process is an interactive and secure way to improve the quality and speed of publishing. Here are the benefits at a glance:

  • Fast, interactive and secure review process
  • Informative comments and different perspectives from a greater number of experts
  • Same or even better quality of feedback compared with classical peer review

Learn more about how the review process works

Watch our video series “Select Crowd Review: A New Approach to Scientific Publishing”

Read Prof. Benjamin Lists' Paper on "How and Why Crowd Reviewing Works"

Read the Interview with Filestage’s Niklas Dorn regarding Select Crowd Review on The Scholarly Kitchen


Where can I submit a paper?

SYNLETT SynOpen   RöFo International Journal of Sports Medicine ACI - Applied Clinical Informatics
In the manuscript submission process, please select “Crowd review” as your preference.

Are you interested in becoming a review member of the crowd?

Please contact the following for more information about the application process: 

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