Quality in peer review: tools and resources

5656209-m2SNujUwFrom selecting your preferred reviewers to providing the most useful and fair feedback to other authors, peer review can be both challenging and rewarding. In line with Peer Review Week 2019’s theme of quality in peer review, we have curated this selection of tools, tips and articles to help hone your peer review skills and gain clearer insight into what the process involves. 

There’s plenty more useful information out there so please add to the comments with any resources you’re able to share.

  • What actually happens during peer review? Here’s a guide to the process as followed across the British Ecological Society journals.
  • What is unconscious bias and how do I avoid it when reviewing manuscripts? The Royal Society have created a helpful video.
  • What makes a good review? Take a look at these tips.
  • Can we review collaboratively? Check each journal’s policy on this but the BES journals encourage collaborative peer review as a career development exercise. Find out more about the process.
  • How can I better manage my time to meet my review deadline? Different universities offer time management advice, such as this article for postgraduates at University of Edinburgh.
  • How can I feel more confident reviewing in a language I’m not fluent in? The team at Methods in Ecology and Evolution have some advice.
  • How do I choose my preferred reviewers? Take a look at this list of dos and don’ts.
  • How do I respond to reviewer comments? Springer provide some helpful tips.
  • How can I find reviewers? Here’s some top tips from publisher, Wiley.
  • Should peer review be double blind? Functional Ecology are conducting a trial on this very subject.
  • How can we make peer review truly global? Find out what we’re doing and how we can still improve.

And finally … you can find even more tips and advice in the British Ecological Society Guide to Peer Review. Download it for free here.


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