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Peer Review: Becoming a Peer Reviewer

A guide to the peer review process and different models of review.

Getting Started with Peer Reviewing

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Typically, peer reviewers are invited by journal editors to review a manuscript. This requires that those editors be able to find qualified people to conduct these reviews. 

Learn more from the slides presented at the Library's "Peer Review Training Part I: Getting Started as a Journal Reviewer" workshop held December 18, 2023. 

In order to get your name out there, make sure to:

  • keep up with the literature in your field
  • ensure your personal information is updated and findable
  • consider becoming involved in open peer review opportunities, where you can leave comments on manuscripts or join an open platform such as F1000 Research
  • talk to your mentors or attendings and ask them to refer you to journal editors

In general, take a look at instructions for reviewers on a variety of publisher websites, as these can give you an idea of what will be required for individual journals.

Check out the resources below for more information on getting started as a peer reviewer, and important aspects of peer review to keep in mind, such as ethical guidelines.


Source: PLOS [Internet]. San Francisco CA: PLOS; c2021. 10 tips for getting started as a peer reviewer; [date unknown]. Available from

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