-Mike Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Maps
‘Without a panel of referees prepared to share their professional expertise in helping colleagues to improve their work there would be no journal.’
-Peter Gilroy, Editor, Journal of Education for Teaching
- ‘Peer review: a global view’ survey findings
One thing is clear from all this peer review talk: peer review matters. Editors, authors and publishers alike value the system for the crucial role it plays in ensuring published research is trustworthy, accurate, and meets the highest standards possible within a given field.
Given its importance, it’s perhaps no surprise that a lot of our work revolves around peer review. We have an entire team dedicated to it (our Electronic Editorial Systems team), last year we conducted a global peer review survey (and recently published a supplement to it), and we are always looking for ways to facilitate peer review best practice, providing reviewer guidelines and workshops for those embarking on peer review for the first time.
The time of year is rapidly approaching again, where we don’t just get to talk about peer review, we also get to shout about it. For the second year running, we’ll be joining our peers in making a fuss of peer review during Peer Review Week 2016, from 19 – 25 September. The event brings together individuals, institutions and organizations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.
Recognition will be the core theme of this year's celebrations. What recognition do all those involved in peer review activity want? What recognition do they need? And what are some of the different ways that those involved in peer review are currently recognized and rewarded? Expect to hear discussion around all this and more, so get the dates in your diary, and be sure to tune in to Peer Review Week 16 on Editor Resources, Author Services, and via Twitter at #PeerRevWk16 and #RecognizeReview. For more information about Peer Review Week, please visit www.peerreviewweek.org.
To get you started here are some of our essential peer review resources:
- Step-by-step guide to reviewing: reviewer guidelines
- Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers
- Recognizing reviewers
- The role of reviewers by Mike J Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Maps
- Navigating contradictory reviews by Gary McCulloch, Editor, British Journal of Educational Studies
- Seven tips for recruiting and retaining referees by Peter Gilroy, Editor, Journal of Education for Teaching
- The importance of training in peer review by Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, Head of Research, Sheffield Institute of Education