About the module: Your role as peer reviewer

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Aug 28, 2017

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.
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Jill Adie

Publishing Manager, Springer Nature

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