Peer Review: the nuts and bolts

A guide to peer review written by early career researchers for early career researchers.

Published July 2012
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This is a nuts and bolts guide to peer review for early career researchers written by members of the VoYS network. Using a collection of concerns raised by their peers, the VoYS writing team set off to interview scientists, journal editors, grant bodies’ representatives, patient group workers and journalists in the UK and around the world to find out how peer review works, the challenges for peer review and how to get involved.


This publication was supported by: Research Information Network, Society for Endocrinology, Vitae, Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine, The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Elsevier, Sage, PRE (Peer Review Evaluation), Medical Research Council, The Physiological Society, Wiley, Society for General Microbiology, BioMed Central, PLOS, Taylor and Francis and Society for Applied Microbiology.

Reprinted in 2014 with support from BioMed Central, Elsevier, PLOS, Taylor and Francis, Wiley and PRE (Peer Review Evaluation).

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Published: 14 September 2016