Strategies and guidelines for becoming a peer reviewer


How do peer reviewers get selected for journal publications?
Becoming a peer reviewer early on in your academic career can certainly enhance your CV, but how are you invited to review a piece of work? Know your subject, know who is publishing in your field and publish yourself.

Andrew Ghillyer, PhD in his blog post states that there are a number of strategies that you can in employ to receive an invitation to review:-

First and foremost network; meet others in your field and connect with them, read our posts on networking. Secondly publish, publish, and publish your work some more, read our posts on getting published. Controversially Ghillyer encourages early career academics to review open access journals. Finally Ghillyer suggests reviewing work that is already published as a tactic.


Ethical guidelines for journal peer reviewers
Once invited to review a piece of work, how do you approach it and what are your obligations? The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) established in 1997 and has over 9,000 members worldwide from all academic fields. Membership is open to editors of academic journals and others interested in publication ethics. To aid those giving peer reviews they have produced an accessible guide covering:-

– What to do on being approached to review
– What to do during the review
– What to do when preparing the report on the work
– What expectations you should have post review

Click here to open the PDF guide.

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