Peer review plays an integral role in helping to ensure published research is accurate, trustworthy, and meets the highest standards of research within a given field. It’s an essential part of the publication process for many journals but navigating peer review can seem like a minefield, whether you are a journal editor, someone who reviews papers, or the author. How to respond to referees’ comments, handling queries on a paper currently going through peer review, trying to recruit reviewers, whichever hat you have on there is always much to consider, particularly in light of the recent statement on peer review manipulation from the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE).
To support editors, reviewers, and authors as they navigate the peer-review process, Taylor & Francis has developed a suite of online guidelines on Editor Resources and Author Services, which we’d encourage you to share with anyone involved with your journal.
For new authors we offer a clear explanation of what peer review is, including a simple diagram of how it works, what to expect of an editor, and how to respond to reviewers’ comments and revise a manuscript in ScholarOne Manuscripts.
On Editor Resources, we offer reviewer guidelines, including a step-by-step guide to writing a review and examples of constructive comments. Editors will also be able to access our latest updates and advice on how to verify reviewers’ credentials and how to avoid peer review “match-fixing” and effectively check any author-suggested reviewers.* We would encourage you to read these essential posts, as they offer quick instructions on simple checks you can make. We will continue to ensure we offer all editors clear guidance in this area, and will be updating you on how we are supporting you in the months to come.
2015 also sees us continuing to be a sponsor of Sense about Science’s peer review workshops for early-career researchers, sharing the tips and expertise offered on Editor Resources and via Twitter on @TandFEditors and @tandfauthorserv. Watch out for details of this year’s workshops (details to be posted soon), so if you work with someone doing their Ph.D., encourage them to come along, or get in touch to find out more about the “how to get published” workshops run by Taylor & Francis, which include advice and information on what to expect of peer review.
Whether you are a first-time author or reviewer, or someone working with one, these simple guidelines should give a much better understanding of peer review, how it works, and how to review effectively. For editors, it means that you have clear information you can point people to, helping to set expectations and maintain the rigorous peer-review process which is an essential part of every article published in a Taylor & Francis journal.
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