September 22 2020

Trust in Peer Review: From the Eyes of Authors, Reviewers & Editors (Part 2)

In the first part of this article, we had discussed how the Trust in Peer Review is interpreted among the key stakeholders of the society. We had also discussed as to why the Trust is so essential. In this second part, we shall discuss the issues related to peer review process/models that affect bot

September 21 2020

Trust in Peer Review: From the Eyes of Authors, Reviewers & Editors (Part 1)

Peer review is one of the most crucial processes in research publishing. Different sections of the academic community view it from different perspectives. Authors see it as the major checkpoint in their journey of manuscript acceptance and consequent publishing. On the other hand, publishers conside

February 12 2020

How Can Publishers Balance Between Authors & Reviewers?

You can also listen to this article as an audio recording. Most authors are very familiar with the process of academic publication. After a researcher has prepared their manuscript and selected a suitable journal, it is time to submit the paper. First, the paper will be reviewed by one of the journa

January 30 2020

Publishing Peer Review Reports – Does it Affect Reviewer’s Behavior?

As an academic, you rely on publications to secure and further your career. However, publishing a research is not easy. For decades, academics have questioned the way journals select and review the articles that are published. Some journals have responded with publishing the peer review reports they

January 25 2020

Do ESL Peer Reviewers Receive Fewer Reviewing Opportunities?

Peer reviewers are central to scientific publishing. Their job is to ensure the quality of articles published by a journal. In doing this, they maintain the credibility of a journal.So, who can become a peer reviewer? Peer reviewers must be experts in their field with enough experience to advise on

January 19 2020

Can Reviewer Comments Have a Negative Impact on STEM?

As a young researcher, in my first postdoc job, every article I published meant a big deal. As every researcher knows, just getting the article ready takes a lot of time and effort. If one of my papers got as far as peer review, I would wait anxiously for the outcome. I would read all the peer revie

January 8 2020

How to Write a Thorough Peer Review Report

As a peer reviewer, your job is to uphold the quality of published science by ensuring that academic papers are accurate and clearly articulated. Young scientists eager to publish their hard work will appreciate the quality feedback to help them improve their manuscript. Therefore, to be a good peer

December 19 2019

Why Confidentiality is Crucial in Grant Proposals

Science is expensive. Materials, equipment, lab costs and staffing all add up. While businesses might be able to fund all their own research, this is almost never true for the academic institutions. Instead, many researchers have had to spend a lot of time seeking out grant funding.Government agenci

November 9 2019

Are Peer Reviews Reports Being Written by Early Career Researchers?

Peer review seeks to ensure scientific integrity. All good journals use peer review to decide whether or not an article is suitable for publication. Peer reviewers should be established researchers with a great deal of expertise in their field. They check that submitted papers are accurate, clear an

October 1 2019

15 Most Common Reasons for Journal Rejection

Every researcher aims to publish their work in a high-impact journal. However, publishing research is no easy task, and manuscript rejection is a common occurrence in academic writing. Every researcher faces rejection of their manuscript at some point in their career. Every failure is a stepping sto

September 17 2019

How Peer Review Week Evolved

It is September and Peer Review Week celebrations are on! But before we go ahead with our planned activities, let us have a flashback of the celebrations for the last four years.You can also listen to this article as an audio recording.

September 16 2019

Peer Review Week Special: Challenges in Maintaining the Quality of Peer Review

Peer Review Week 2019 is finally here! As part of our PRW 2019 special and keeping in mind the theme for the event, we are glad to present to you our podcast on ‘Challenges in Maintaining the Quality of Peer Review’.Our speaker for this podcast is Dr. Jan Mathys de Beer, a published author and peer-

September 13 2019

Enago Academy Gears Up for Peer Review Week 2019

It is that time of the year when we celebrate the process of peer review with a week-long celebration of the Peer Review Week (PRW). The scholarly publishing community is now aware of the enormous contribution made by peer reviews to every form of scientific communication. This awareness had initiat

January 20 2019

New Portable Peer Review Policy and its Effect on Academia

Academics understand the importance of publishing their work. Publications help researchers spread their ideas and gain recognition in their field. What some might not see is that there is a complex process that goes into publishing a paper. One essential aspect of the publishing process is peer rev

September 13 2018

Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Peer Review

Although publication is a key to success in the academic world, the peer review process is not free from bias. Studies have shown that women and national minorities still face difficulties in getting published. Introducing diversity in the peer review process is one way to mitigate this type of bias

August 14 2018

Peer Review: 5 Smart Tips for Providing Constructive Feedback

Peer review is an extremely crucial aspect of the publication cycle. It helps ensure manuscript and journal quality. The process aims to provide written feedback in the form of commentary/criticism to the author, prior to the manuscript’s publication. Peer review involves two parts—reading and evalu

February 13 2018

Single-Blind Vs. Double-Blind Peer Review

Peer review of academic research is at the heart of publishing. It is important that this process is not tainted by reviewer bias. Two popular modes of review exist. In single-blind peer review, the authors do not know who the reviewers are. The reviewers know who the authors are. In double-blind pe

January 7 2018

How Sharing Peer Review Data Helps Counter Scientific Misconduct

Life science research is going through a reproducibility crisis. Indeed, 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments. This has prompted scientists to question peer review models and promote the sharing of peer review data. All of this has come as an effort t

December 14 2017

Enhancing the Quality of Academic Papers with Statistical Review

High-quality scientific manuscripts should include accurate and rigorous statistical and data analyses, allowing other researchers to reproduce the findings presented. Although most academics strive to collect, analyze, and publish their results in a clear and reliable manner, mistakes may occur at

November 30 2017

Why are Women Underrepresented in the Area of Research?

Academic researchers publish their work in academic journals. However, the number of women publishing research is significantly lesser in comparison to men. It is well known that academic sexism affects female researchers. Women in science are less likely to be hired and are paid less. Female scient

November 23 2017

Invited to Peer Review? Do This Before You Submit Your Report

An invitation to peer review a journal article depends on a researcher’s area of expertise in the field. The handy checklist below provides a guide to researchers considering peer review, prior to accepting an invitation from the editor.Before You AcceptOnce you have verified the legitimacy of the j

November 17 2017

Is Peer Review Biased?

Academic publishing relies on peer review to ensure research quality. Is there bias in peer review? And if so, how does it affect academic research? A recent study examined the peer review process using simulations. Some of its findings may surprise you. Professor Justin Esarey, the author of the st

November 10 2017

Academic Karma: Encouraging Fair Peer Review

Peer review is essential to publishing quality articles. It can be difficult for editors to find reviewers for articles. Many scientists publish more articles than they review. This creates a burden on those who review many papers. The founders of Academic Karma believe that scientists should get cr

October 30 2017

PubPeer 2.0: Post-Publication Peer Review

Traditionally, both informal and formal peer review happens before a paper is published in a journal (or a book). However, the peer review process is struggling to do its job properly. One key task of peer review is to identify flaws and bad science before publication.With an emerging alternative,