May 18, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator

Top 5 tips on peer review

Peer Review is one of the most discussed topics in scholarly publishing. Despite the concerns and criticisms of the system, peer review is still a crucial part of academic communication and relies on the trust and cooperation of everyone involved to make it work effectively.

What can you do to ensure the peer review process runs smoothly? How can you make peer review work for your journal? Here are some of our ideas.

1. Make the most of the resources available - share our Reviewer Guidelines & Best Practice with reviewers. These guidelines offer the best advice gathered from across all Taylor & Francis journals, covering frequently asked questions such as 'What is peer review', 'Why review?' and 'What should I consider before saying 'yes' to reviewing?'.

2. Say thanks with our reviewer recognition schemes for your journal. These can help make your reviewers feel valued and supported in their role.

3. Take advantage of reviewer locator tools to find the right reviewers quickly. We have introduced the Reviewer Locator tool on Scholar One, and Reviewer Discovery on Editorial Manager. Drawing information from an extensive database of researchers, these tools help match submissions to suitable reviewers, making the process of finding reviewers for manuscripts easier.

4. Carefully navigate contradicting referee reports. It is not uncommon for two academics in the same area of study to have very different views of the same article, and in these situations a little constructive advice on how to make use of the views of the referees can make all the difference.

5. Recruit and retain reviewers by avoiding a mechanistic approach, and by matching reviewers to appropriate papers. Follow these tips to help maintain a good reviewer panel.

Published: May 18, 2015 | Author: Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator | Category: Front page, News and ideas, Peer review | Tagged with: