Got a question about peer review? Find the answer here!
As promised in my previous post, let's set the mood for the Peer Review Week celebrations by talking about peer review!
First, let's get down to the basics. What is peer review and why is it so important? As most of you probably know, peer review is essentially a quality control mechanism which journals use to ensure that only the best research is published. Any manuscript that is submitted to a journal has to go through a rigorous peer review process in which experts evaluate whether the research is publication-worthy. It's a complex process that involves multiple layers of screening and evaluation. Early career researchers often find this process confusing and anxiety arousing.
While looking for resources on peer review, I chanced upon this article that I had written a while ago where where I've collated the most common questions authors have about peer review and the decision making process at journals. Sharing it here as many of you might find it useful:
Do you have a question about peer review that you couldn't find in this article? If so, please share it in the comments below and let's try to answer them as a community.