A guide to help early career researchers understand peer review

Originally posted on Social Science Space April 2014

Sense About ScienceIn addition to the selection of resources we shared with you yesterday in aid of peer review week, today we are also sharing Sense About Science’s Peer Review: The Nuts and Bolts, a guide for early career researchers to gain a greater understand of peer review and all that it entails.

Using a collection of concerns raised by their peers, Sense about Science’s Voices of Young Scientists writing team set off to interview scientists, journal editors, grant bodies’ representatives, patient group workers and journalists in the UK and around the world to find out how peer review works, the challenges for peer review and how to get involved.

The guide does not avoid criticisms of the peer review process, but rather enters into the debate, asking journal editors and reviewers some challenging questions about scientific fraud and plagiarism going undetected; issues of trust and bias; ground-breaking research taking years to publish and the system benefiting a closed group of scientists.

This guide will help early career researchers understand:

  1. How the peer review process works
  2. Some of the limitations of peer review
  3. The role of peer review in society

Download the full guide by clicking on the below image:


Peer review: the nuts and bolts was launched in July 2012 at the EuroScience Open Forum in Dublin alongside a call from VoYS members to the Higher Education Funding Council of England to recognize reviewing as part of the Research Excellence Framework.

For all those beginning your academic careers we hope you find this to be a valuable and informative guide on all things peer review. Happy reading everyone!

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Make sure you follow the hashtag #PeerRevWk15 on Twitter to keep up to date with everything going on during peer review week!


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