Peer review

September 11, 2018 | Nazira Albargothy Research Fellow

Five tips on how to get involved in peer review

An early career researcher shares advice on how to get started

Peer review is an essential step in the publishing process. It’s also one of the most challenging areas for journal editors.

Editors are always on the lookout for new reviewers. But finding the right reviewers for every submission is difficult. It’s important for editors to ensure they're using a diverse and balanced pool of reviewers.…

May 1, 2018 | Tom Murden Peer Review Systems Coordinator

How predefined keywords can help you find new reviewers

Tips from our expert on peer review systems

One of the easiest ways to find peer reviewers for your journal is by using keywords. Our in-house peer review expert, Tom Murden, explains how using a pre-defined list of keywords, alongside keywords submitted by the author, could make it easier for you to find peer reviewers.
March 20, 2018 | Rachel Winfield & Claire Doffegnies, Communications Executives

How to support and recognize peer reviewers with Publons

publons logo: rrecognize peer reviewers with Publons The peer review process is vital to the strength of a journal. Reviews evaluate the quality, validity, and relevance of research.

“Reviewers are the lifeblood of any journal,” says Mike J. Smith, Editor of Journal of Maps. They also invest a huge amount of time and expertise in the process.…

March 20, 2018 | Daniel Johnston Cofounder of Publons

The importance of peer review recognition: talking to Publons

How Publons can help you find and reward peer reviewers

Daniel Johnston: talking about peer review recognitionWe recently extended our partnership with Publons to 250 journal titles. Now even more of our reviewers can receive recognition for their input into academic research.

Andrew Preston and Daniel Johnston are the co-founders of Publons. They aim to speed up research by improving peer review.…

March 20, 2018 | Claire Doffegnies & Rachel Winfield, Communications Executives

Recognizing reviewers

At Taylor & Francis, we recognize that peer reviewers play an integral role in journal publication. Reviewers invest a huge amount of their time and knowledge in the peer-review process, and as such, we think it’s important to say “thanks.” Read on to find out what we have put in place to show our appreciation …
March 16, 2018 | Katie Williams, Production Team Leader; Lucy Francis, Editorial Office Team Leader; Julie Sutton, Business Analyst & Anna Thompson, Production Editor & Supplier Development Specialist

Introducing the Journals Communication Hub

Offering better support communications for Taylor & Francis authors and editors

In order to improve our service to Authors and Editors we are introducing a query management system, the Journals Communication Hub (JCH), which is based on journal-specific email addresses. Authors and Editors will still have the same contacts for Production and Peer Review Systems but they will just respond from the journal addresses instead of their own email.…

January 8, 2018 | Victoria Farrimond Journals Development Coordinator

Book discount for editors, board members and reviewers

We are pleased to offer all our editors, board members, and reviewers a discount on their purchase of Taylor & Francis Group books (including those under the Routledge, CRC Press, Garland Science, Psychology Press, and Focal Press imprints).
October 11, 2017 | Victoria Farrimond Journals Development Coordinator

Top takeaways from our Expert View on Managing Reviewers webinar

Whether you’re an experienced editor or new to the game, an aspect of journal management that almost all editors want to improve on is peer review and, in particular, the timeliness of this practice. More often than not, a lot of the delays in the process can be avoided, or at least lessened, by growing and strengthening your pool of potential reviewers.…

October 11, 2017 | Victoria Farrimond Journals Development Coordinator

Effective & efficient peer review management

When it comes to peer review, there are a multitude of factors to consider: online submission tools and reports, finding and retaining reviewers, and supporting new reviewers through the process. As well as all of this, there are the ethical considerations you must take into account to ensure the peer review process on your journal is as transparent and objective as possible… So, where do you start?…

September 15, 2017 | Tom Murden Electronic Editorial Systems Coordinator

How to use ScholarOne Manuscripts for reporting

A guide to running standard and custom reports on ScholarOne Manuscripts

You probably already know that ScholarOne Manuscripts is a submission system which hosts and facilitates your journal’s peer review activity. The system records all peer review activity, from submission to decision. But did you know that you can gather and analyse this data using the reporting function of ScholarOne Manuscripts?…

September 14, 2017 | Dr Mike J Smith Editor-in-Chief, 'Journal of Maps'

Why you should use supplementary materials to enhance your journal

Dr Mike J. Smith shares his advice and best practice

Mike J. Smith: Supplementary materialsScholarly journals are about communicating. The sharing of opinions, ideas, results and recommendations. They’re the fruits of research labor. But they’re not an end in themselves. They’re the start.

The release of new ideas into the world causes their active use and can lead to their change into something new.…

September 13, 2017 | Kathy Robson Editorial Systems Manager

Peer review support for guest editors on your journal

Whilst support documentation and training for new editors is a standard element of the training program on submission systems, what you may not know is we can also offer training and process documentation to your guest editors.  Whether they are handling one special issue or managing a volume, we, the Electronic Editorial Systems team, are on hand to assist.…

September 12, 2017 | Dr Sally Gainsbury Editor, 'International Gambling Studies'

Creating a clear peer review process: an International Gambling Studies case study

Dr Sally Gainsbury shares her editorial process instructions

Dr Sally Gainsbury is a psychology gambling researcher at the University of Sydney, and Editor of the Taylor & Francis journal, International Gambling Studies. To ensure an efficient editorial process, Dr Gainsbury has composed an extensive guide detailing instructions for Regional Assistant Editors (RAE) on the journal’s board.…

August 30, 2017 | Emma Cianchi, Communications Executive

Upcoming webinar: Expert View on Managing Reviewers

Join our panel of experts for tools and tips on managing reviewers

In the second episode of our Expert View webinar series, we have lined up a panel of experts to help you explore tips and tools to find and retain reviewers, as well as advice on how to effectively manage the peer review process.
August 23, 2017 | Victoria Kennelly, Peer Review Systems Coordinator

What do you think of our submission system video tutorials?

User test our upcoming video tutorials for ScholarOne Manuscripts & Editorial Manager

The Peer Review Systems team here at Taylor & Francis have been working on creating a range of short video tutorials to help guide our editors through some of the features on both our ScholarOne Manuscripts and Editorial Manager submissions systems.…

July 10, 2017 | Tom Murden Electronic Editorial Systems Coordinator

Introducing the new user interface from ScholarOne Manuscripts

From the 10th July, ScholarOne Manuscripts (S1M) will be rolling out their new release – v4.21. The sole feature of this release is centred around the new User interface (UI) that reviewers will use. We are keen to provide our editors with some insight into this new element of your S1M sites before you see the change across the system:

S1M has described this improvement as ‘new and cleaner’.…
June 22, 2017 | Leila Jones Publishing Manager - Journal Development

Reviewer guidelines and best practice

At Taylor & Francis we understand the importance of an effective review when authors choose to submit their research to one of our journals. We work to establish and sustain peer-review integrity on every journal and a vital part of this means ensuring that reviewers have the appropriate resources to carry out their work as efficiently and effectively as possible. The reviewing process varies from journal to journal, but this guide serves as an overview of what’s involved when becoming a reviewer with a Taylor & Francis journal.
May 12, 2017 | Victoria Farrimond Journals Development Coordinator

Turning around turnaround times: peer review timeline strategy

It goes without saying that the peer review process is essential in ensuring the quality of published work; however, it can be a timely system that can often frustrate authors that are awaiting a decision, while editors face the prospect of delayed publication of their journal.…

May 5, 2017 | Claire Doffegnies, Communications Executive

Creating a clear peer review picture: announcing Peer Review Week 2017

Peer review is a crucial part of scholarly communication, ensuring that published research is trustworthy, accurate, and meets the highest standards possible within a given field. That’s why this year we’ll once again be supporting Peer Review Week, running from 11th to 17th September. Get the date in your diary, and find out how you can get involved.
February 15, 2017 | Tom Murden, Editorial Systems Coordinator

Editorial Manager update: template letters for reviewers

More options when inviting reviewers beyond original submissions

Editorial Manager will soon be releasing their new version (13.1) - and with it there are a number of new features. One of these features is of particularly relevant to how editors will conduct the peer-review process, namely the ability to choose from more than one default letter when inviting reviewers to review a manuscript.…

December 21, 2016 | Tom Murden Electronic Editorial Systems Coordinator

ScholarOne Manuscripts release note update - confirmations for deeplink email responses

Changes to confirming your response to Reviewer Invitations

The new version of ScholarOne was released across all Taylor & Francis sites on the 7th December, and with it came some significant changes across the system, including the way deeplinks/hyperlinks work within emails that are sent out to users who are obliged to respond to certain tasks associated with manuscripts they are involved with.
December 16, 2016 | Lucy Francis Editorial Office Team Leader

The Peer Review Systems Helpdesk

The process of peer review via an online submission system such as ScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager often generates queries, and you may not always be able to answer these yourself. Taylor & Francis have a dedicated Peer Review Systems (PRS) Helpdesk to help you.
September 22, 2016 | Imogen Clarke Development Editor

Peer Review Week: catch up on our peer review Twitter discussion

Did you catch our peer review chat on Twitter? Our panel of editors joined us from Argentina, Puerto Rico and the UK, taking a rare opportunity to share peer review expertise across regions and disciplines. And joining us from the Taylor & Francis team who manage the systems that facilitate peer review on our journals, we had Gareth and Lucy offering up valuable advice. Our Storify of the event contains peer review tips and insights for editors, reviewers and authors.
September 20, 2016 | Lucy Francis Editorial Office Team Leader

Meet the Taylor & Francis in-house peer review team

Part of the wider Taylor & Francis Electronic Editorial Systems department, the In-House Peer Review (IHPR) team are a group of experts responsible for matters surrounding peer review. What are the team responsible for? How do they support titles across the business? What is CrossRef Similarity Check software, and how do the team use it to check papers for ethical issues? In this post, Lucy Francis, Editorial Office Team Leader, tells us more about the IHPR team, shedding light on how they support journals through the peer review process.
September 19, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Understanding the peer review process: in pictures

The term ‘black box’ often comes up in the discussion around peer review. It seems that sometimes, it isn’t always clear to authors who and what exactly is involved in the process, and how much work it actually takes. Our recent white paper, Peer review: a global view, showed a discrepancy between researchers’ expectation and the reality of how long it takes to review a paper, which may be a symptom of this. So, we’ve put together a handy graphic to shed light on the steps involved in the process – help us open up the black box and share this with the researchers publishing in your journal.
August 25, 2016 | Jeffrey D. Roth, MD, Medical Director, Working Sobriety Chicago, Editor, Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery

Reviewing manuscripts as a group process

My day job is serving as an addiction psychiatrist and group psychotherapist with a group of colleagues at Working Sobriety Chicago. When I became editor-in-chief of the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, I brought both my naivete as a journal editor and my experience of working with group processes. One major task as editor has been to stimulate the submission of manuscripts for publication and organize the review process for these manuscripts in line with the journal’s emphasis on the use of groups and sharing.
August 24, 2016 | Emma Greenwood, Associate Editorial Director & Bryan Vickery, Director, Cogent OA

Finding the right home for all submitted works

The Cogent transfer service

A manuscript may flow through multiple journals and rounds of review on its way to publication. Authors of work that goes on to be published can sometimes wait many months before publication, with efforts of reviewers and editors expended at each stage. That’s why we created the Cogent Transfer service - journal editors can at the point of rejection simply identify if the manuscript may be suitable for publication elsewhere by selecting the Reject – Unsuitable option. The author will then be offered a transfer to a suitable Cogent OA journal, and has the choice whether to transfer their manuscript or not. If they agree, Taylor & Francis/Cogent OA staff will transfer the manuscript on their behalf, no re-formatting required. Of course, authors are entirely free to submit their manuscript elsewhere.
August 5, 2016 | Gareth Meager Editorial Systems Manager

DMARC email sending policy and how this affects your journal

The latest update

Emails from both ScholarOne and Editorial Manager are now DMARC compliant and when sending to email servers that are using authentication criteria – such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and many institutions – the email will pass through without any problems. These updates to ensure compliance are now in place and no further action within your peer review system should be required. It is, however, worth noting a few key points.
July 18, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Shout out to peer review

We'll be celebrating Peer Review Week 2016

One thing is clear: 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. That’s why, 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.
July 11, 2016 | Elaine Devine Senior Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Read the latest research in ‘Peer review: a global view’

What motivates researchers to peer review, or to publish in peer reviewed journals? What training would researchers like to access before accepting an invitation to review? Read the 10 key findings from our latest research into peer review and find out what authors, reviewers and fellow journal editors really think motivates researchers to publish and review.
July 5, 2016 | Anna Walton, Editorial Systems Coordinator

Release news – ScholarOne 4.19

There has recently been a new ScholarOne release which has updated the look of the ScholarOne home page and menu, as well as the author dashboard and submission interface.
June 27, 2016 | Joanne Thomas, Projects and Events Coordinator and Emily Jesper, Head of Partnerships and Governance, Sense about Science

Supporting early career researchers

Q&A with Sense about Science

In this virtual Q&A, get to know Sense about Science. What do they get asked the most about peer review? How do they think journal editors can benefit from involving early career researchers in the peer review process? And what are the challenges for ECRs getting involved? Joanne Thomas and Emily Jesper from Sense about Science discuss all this and more.
June 6, 2016 | Gareth Meager Editorial Systems Manager

DMARC email sending policy and how this affects your journal

Changes to email ‘from’ addresses in peer review systems

The peer review systems widely used at Taylor & Francis - both Editorial Manager and ScholarOne Manuscripts – typically operate by sending emails and alerts from the system as if sent by a named user, where the from address and the details do not match. This is known as ‘spoofing’. In legitimate use, spoofing acts as a good way to send emails from within an organization’s server (in this case the peer review systems) but appear to the outside world to be from another person. The ‘from’ address may appear as “” even though the actual domain of the sending server is something else, such as “”. This is the core of DMARC policy, and email providers are now checking to make sure these two domains (the ‘from’ address and the sending server) match so that spammers are not able to ‘spoof’ genuine email as a means to appear more trustworthy.
April 25, 2016 | Elaine Devine Senior Communications Manager

Spread the (peer review) word

Apply now for a free Sense about Science early career researcher workshop

Simple advice and guidance on peer review is essential for every researcher, and that’s why we’re continuing to support Sense about Science’s free peer review workshops, the first of which (for 2016) is being held in central London on Friday 13 May. Tell your early career researcher friends and colleagues there’s still time to apply, all they need to do is send a CV and covering letter by 4 May.
February 19, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator & Lynsey Haire, Head of Electronic Editorial Systems

Fast and simple ways to find new reviewers for your journal

At Taylor & Francis, we are always working hard to develop our electronic peer-review systems to improve and enhance the quality of peer review, and to help make submission and peer-review management simpler, smoother, and more straightforward for journal editors, authors, and reviewers. Read on to find out more about the recent changes we have made, why, and how to get the most out of the latest developments to your electronic peer-review system.
February 2, 2016 | Luke Peedell, Peer Review Coordinator

Ethical considerations when assigning independent reviewers

As a fundamental step of the peer review process, it is essential for editors to select appropriate reviewers for each manuscript. Ideally, chosen reviewers will be experts in their field and have significant area-specific knowledge on the manuscript’s topic, but why do editors also need to consider the ethics behind their choice of reviewer?
December 10, 2015 | Professor Jacqueline Stevenson Head of Research, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University

The importance of training in peer review

I have been peer-reviewing academic papers for journals for more than a decade. I pride myself on being a reliable and supportive reviewer: I take time to read and make notes on any paper I am reviewing and then write a review which will, I hope, be comprehensive enough to offer the author requisite advice.…

November 30, 2015 | Elaine Devine Communications Manager

Ethics in peer review – the reality for researchers

Ethical issues in peer review, whether gender bias, competitor delays, seniority bias, false identities, review ‘rings’, or a number of other issues, have gained much coverage in the media, on social media and on blog sites in the last twelve months. But are ethical issues in peer review as widespread as they seem? We asked researchers from across the sciences, social sciences, humanities and medicine, who had experience of publishing in a number of peer reviewed journals (with both Taylor & Francis and other publishers), to tell us about their perception of the prevalence of ethical issues in peer review.
October 27, 2015 | Elaine Devine Communications Manager, Taylor & Francis

Taking peer review’s pulse: read ‘Peer review in 2015: a global view’

The view from journal authors, reviewers and editors on peer review

What do journal authors, reviewers and editors think of the system still very much at the heart of scholarly communication? Read one of the largest research studies into peer review in recent years, as we launch ‘Peer review in 2015: a global view’.
October 13, 2015 | Lucy Francis Peer Review Coordinator

Plagiarism and dual submission

As a journal editor, you may have experienced cases where unattributed text overlap has been identified in a paper submitted to your journal, requiring you to take action. You may have been fortunate enough not to have experienced such a situation, but are concerned that, sooner or later, you will. So, what should you do if this does happen?
September 25, 2015 | Helen Talbot, Editorial Systems Coordinator

Editorial Manager: free reporting webinar

Spaces are still available on Aries’ Enterprise Analytics Reporting (EAR) Webinar on September 30. Sign up to this free event and learn how to use this powerful tool to enhance the management of your journal.
September 7, 2015 | Leila Jones Publishing Manager – Journal Development

What to remember when writing a review

Our popular reviewer guidelines were created to support our valued peer reviewers and ensure they have all the information they need to write an effective review. Drawing on these and other scholars’ ideas, we’ve come up with some of the most important things to remember when writing a review of a journal submission. Whether you are a seasoned reviewer, or just getting started, we hope you find these guidelines and suggestions helpful.
August 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Allen Ph.D. student, King's College, London

The next generation of peer reviewers

Getting them involved in the discussion

Who’s the next generation of peer reviewers? Read on to find out why you should be encouraging the early-career researchers you work with to attend the latest Sense about Science workshop (and why we’re supporting them).
July 6, 2015 | Tamara Bowler Peer Review Coordinator

Required reviewers – customizing for the exception, not the rule

Inspired by frequently asked questions from editors, our dedicated EES (Electronic Editorial Systems) team share their top tips on getting the best out of your peer review management system. In this post, how do you change the minimal number of reviewers necessary to complete the review stage of a manuscript? Read on.
June 18, 2015 | Siobhán Aldridge Editorial Systems Coordinator

Special tips for a special issue

Inspired by frequently asked questions from editors, our dedicated EES (Electronic Editorial Systems) team share their top tips on getting the best out of your peer review management system. In this post, we give you some special tips for publishing a special issue. Don't miss them - read on.