Peer review, also known as refereeing, is a collaborative process that allows independent experts in the same field of research to evaluate and comment on manuscript submissions. The outcome of a peer review gives authors feedback to improve their work and, critically, allows the editors to assess the paper’s suitability for publication. This process upholds the integrity of scholarly communication. It ensures that published research is accurate, trustworthy, and meets the highest standards.
Peer review also provides personal benefits:
- Keep up with the latest research | As a reviewer, you get early access to new research happening in your field. Peer review also gives you a role in helping to evaluate and improve new work.
- Improve your own writing | Reviewing articles written by others can give you insight into how to improve your own. Thinking critically about what makes an article good, or not so good, helps you spot common mistakes and avoid these in your own work.
- Boost your career | A lot of peer review is anonymous, however you include your reviewing work on your CV to evidence service to the profession.