Recommend: How to become good at peer review: A guide for young scientists

By | December 15, 2013

Peer review is at the heart of the scientific method. While it’s by no means a perfect system, it is still the best system of scientific quality control that we have. Many graduate programs don’t explicitly teach courses on how to review papers. Instead, a young scientist may learn how to review a paper under the guidance of his or her mentor, How to become good at peer review: A guide for young scientists is a post to put together a set of guidelines for young scientists.

Ethical considerations

  1. Expertise
  2. Timeliness
  3. Take it seriously
  4. Avoid bias
  5. Don’t be intimidated
  6. Review anonymously?
  7. Respect confidentiality

How to review critically, but fairly

  1. Things to watch out for The Introduction/Background
  2. An approach to critically evaluating the Approach/Methods portion of a manuscript
  3. Interpreting the research Results/Interpretation/Discussion
  4. Some final considerations

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