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Peer Review

About peer review, its role in scholarly publishing, how to do it and best practices

Scholarly Communication Librarian

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Christine Turner
Scholarly Communication Department
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W.E.B. Du Bois Library

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Peer Reviewer Recognition

Conducting peer review is widely considered an important service to a scholarly community. Reviewers benefit from learning about cutting-edge research in their field, honing their analytical skills and contributing to research integrity and quality. Furthermore, the scholarship ecosystem relies on a quid pro quo relationship: a reviewer will likely need the services of a peer to review their own work at some time. However, peer review takes time that is not financially compensated, and it can be unseen labor. By getting formal recognition, the peer reviewer may gain indirect benefit through promotion, tenure and new career opportunities.

To get recognition for your peer review work:

As noted throughout this guide, peer review practices can vary depending on field of study and the type of work (article, book, data, grant, etc.) under review. Check with your department personnel committee and professional associations to learn about how peer review activities are recognized in your discipline.