About the module: Your role as peer reviewer
Welcome to this module: Your role as peer reviewer.
Peer review is an essential part of the scientific process, helping to ensure the integrity and correctness of scientific literature. A thoughtful, constructive review from a knowledgeable peer can really improve a scientific paper.
And when you think about it, peer review is an extraordinary thing. Thousands of researchers take time out of their busy schedules to perform a service to science. While we must acknowledge that the peer review process is not perfect, it is fundamentally a positive thing, and on a large scale it remains the most effective way to control the quality of scientific papers.
On completing this module, you should be able to:
- Express the importance of peer review to the scientific process.
- Understand the role of the peer reviewer and what is expected once you accept a peer review assignment.
- Recognise when it is and isn’t appropriate to agree to peer review.