Why serve as a peer reviewer?


As your career advances, you are likely to be asked to serve as a peer reviewer.

As well as supporting the advancement of science, and providing guidance on how the author can improve their paper, there are also some benefits of peer reviewing to you as a researcher:

– Serving as a peer reviewer looks good on your CV as it shows that your expertise is recognized by other scientists.

– You will get to read some of the latest science in your field well before it is in the public domain.

– The critical thinking skills needed during peer review will help you in your own research and writing.

Who does peer review benefit?

When performed correctly peer review helps improve the clarity, robustness and reproducibility of research.

When peer reviewing, it is helpful to think from the point of view of three different groups of people:

Authors. Try to review the manuscript as you would like others to review your work. When you point out problems in a manuscript, do so in a way that will help the authors to improve the manuscript. Even if you recommend to the editor that the manuscript be rejected, your suggested revisions could help the authors prepare the manuscript for submission to a different journal.

Journal editors. Comment on the importance and novelty of the study. Editors will use your comments to assess whether the manuscript is of the right level of impact for the journal. Your comments and opinions on the paper are much more important that a simple recommendation; editors need to know why you think a paper should be published or rejected as your reasoning will help inform their decision.

Readers. Identify areas that need clarification to make sure other readers can easily understand the manuscript. As a reviewer, you can also save readers’ time and frustration by helping to keep unimportant or error filled research out of the published literature.

Writing a thorough, thoughtful review usually takes several hours or more. But by taking the time to be a good reviewer, you will be providing a service to the scientific community.

Source: https://www.springernature.com/gp/authors/campaigns/how-to-peer-review


When reviewing, it is also worthwhile to familiarise yourself in advance with the publication ethics of the journal for which you are reviewing. For example, ethical principles in the reviewer work of the journals of our publisher PC TECHNOLOGY CENTER is as follows:

Eastern-European Journal of Enterprise Technologies

Technology audit and production reserves

ScienceRise: Medical Science

ScienceRise: Pedagogical Education

ScienceRise: Pharmaceutical Science

ScienceRise: Biological Science

ScienceRise: Juridical Science

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