Pilcrow – Our Multi-Year Journey in Building an Open Source Open Peer Review Application

Pilcrow is an open peer review application developed with the goals to encourage an attitude shift when doing peer reviews from criticism to helping improve submissions through dialogue and to fight against biases in publication. This presentation would speak to the tools, platforms, and processes including agile/scrum and accessibility and user testing used by the team for their entirely virtual collaboration. The presenters will demonstrate the application, which can be freely used.

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Oct 20 2023


10:30 am - 11:30 am




  • Kelly Sattler
    Kelly Sattler
    Project Manager for Libraries' Strategic Projects, Michigan State University Libraries

    Kelly Sattler is the project manager for Pilcrow and the Associate Director for Mesh. She graduated from the University of Urbana-Champaign with a Master in Library and Information Science as well as from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering. She has worked at Michigan State University Libraries for 17 years. For the first 15 years, she was Head of the Web Services unit, managing the website for the MSU Libraries. Currently, she manages strategic projects for the Library and greatly enjoys working mostly from home. She’s also a quilter, tea drinker, and cat lover.

  • Sruthin Gaddam
    Sruthin Gaddam
    UX Librarian, Michigan State University

    I earned my Bachelors in Accounting and Computer Information Sciences from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. I moved to MSU for grad school to pursue a Masters in Human Computer Interaction from the College of Arts & Sciences. I joined the MSU libraries in January 2015 as a student employee and assumed several roles in the Library. I’m a firm believer of lifelong learning, which has attracted me to stay at the libraries, pursue a degree in Library Information Science. I graduated from Wayne State with my MLIS in Aug 2021 and accepted the UX Librarian position at MSU. In my current role I do software development along UX and A11y testing for various projects at the MSU Libraries.