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Getting Your Blog Post Officially DFIR Peer Reviewed – An Update

The new-peer-review-no-name-yet task force is chipping away at the proposal of a new (but extremely different) peer review process for DFIR research, spearheaded by Jessica Hyde .

I’ve gotten a few private messages that teeter on the edge of complaints about even talking about creating a new process of peer review, but each complaint has been relieved of worry after clarifying what we are working to come up with.

Here are some of the things I want to clarify:

  1. We have no name for the new peer review process but use practically anything right now (DFIR Review. Rapid Review. Etc..). The name is the least important thing in the process to create a process, imho.
  2. This new peer review process has absolutely nothing to do with academic publishing . It doesn’t compete with it, attempt to replace it, or attempt to supplement it. Nada. No relation at all.
  3. This new peer review process has nothing to do with publishing a book either. Not related.
  4. This isn’t a commercial venture. It is all volunteer for the benefit of the community. Lots of sharing going on. #cool #DFIRsharing
  5. Did I just use hashtags?

Who should this process appeal to?

  1. DFIR Bloggers who have no intention of going through the academia journal publishing route (they want to blog the research to share it today, not make a career out of it years later)
  2. DFIR Bloggers who would like to get some cred of having peer reviewed research (you did it, right? get credited for it!)

Who does this process not target?

  1. Anyone wanting to have their research in an academic journal and not in a blog
  2. Anyone afraid of someone stealing their research before they publish it in a journal or book

So, you can see that this is primarily, if not solely, intended to give DFIR bloggers an avenue to have their work peer reviewed and be recognized for their work . It is so much easier to cite a peer reviewed work in other research, so the community benefits as well. The blogger benefits by having his or her name stamped with the research without fear that another person or commercial entity will claim credit for the work that was done. At the bare minimum for clarity, the work that will be peer reviewed in this process is work that would have never made it into an academic review anyway. That is the audience we hope to support: the DFIR practitioner bloggers.

The target audience is not expected to be earth-changing in size. Maybe just a few a year will have interest in the beginning. Plus, not every blog post is something that needs to be peer reviewed. But the research that is new, innovative, or creative…why not?





Written by :Brett Shavers

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