Journal submissions, conference papers and grant applications

How to survive the peer review process

From grant applications and conference papers to journal publishing, the peer review process is an integral part of your academic career. Here we feature a brief top tips blog post, and a comprehensive introductory guide to all aspects of peer review.

How to Survive Peer Review

Understanding the approaches to reviewing an article for a journal will help in understanding peer review process. From various types of journal peer review, to conference papers and grant applications, The British Medical Journal has published a free guide aimed at early career researchers. The publication “aims to explain just enough about peer review to enable you to survive and benefit from it, and to be a competent reviewer. It is designed to be a practical handbook, based on evidence and experience but not weighed down with footnotes and references. It is the equivalent of a phrase book that enables you to order a beer, get directions to your hotel, and enjoy your holiday without becoming an expert in literature or linguistics.
There is also a comprehensive list of other useful resources at the end of the document.

Click here to download the PDF.

How to Write a Peer Review: Six Steps from Start to Finish
For those of you embarking on the peer process Professor Tanya Golash-Boza suggests the following:-

1. What to consider when deciding whether or not to accept an invitation to give a peer review;
2. How to approach your first read of the article;
3. What to consider when you write a brief summary of the article and its contribution;
4. What major critical questions you should consider when reviewing the article;
5. How to structure your minor criticisms of the article;
6. How to approach your completed review.

Click here to read the full blog post.

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