Peer Review

Are you the right reviewer? 5 questions to ask yourself

Ethical research is everyone’s responsibility. Researchers, editors and peer reviewers all play a role in maintaining the quality and integrity of research pushed out into the public domain. With that in mind, here’s some ethical questions to consider before accepting a manuscript to review. Peer review is at the heart of the research ecosystem. It’s […]

Beall’s list: gone but not lost

Beall’s list of ‘predatory’ open access journals has disappeared but the information isn’t lost: It still exists across many resources – including on Publons. Note: It is worth clarifying here that Publons is not an indexing service. That means that any journal in the world can have some kind of presence on Publons. The reasoning […]

Advice for early career peer reviewers — A peer review Q&A with Robert Faff

The secretive nature of peer review makes it hard for early career researchers to know what is expected of them when an editor requests they review a manuscript. Below, in the newest installment of our Q&A series, experienced reviewer Robert Faff (University of Queensland) speaks with Publons about tips for early career reviewers. Robert Faff is a […]

Peer review essentials for the beginning peer reviewer

This continues a series of guest pieces and interviews by experienced peer reviewers on advice and insights for early-career reviewers. Elisabeth Bik is a Research Associate at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She received her PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands and worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health […]