Peer Reviewers

Resources for peer reviewers

We ensure the highest quality of research is published in our journals, books and databases by working with editors and peer reviewers – all of whom dedicate their time and expertise to helping authors improve their papers.

Peer review is at the heart of the research process. Academics generously dedicate hours of their week to examine each other’s work, offer much-valued constructive criticism and improve the published article; helping us to transform it from a draft manuscript into the final version of record.

We do all we can to make peer reviewers’ roles easier, more successful and more enjoyable. Our resources are built for you, whether you’re an early career researcher interested in the review process, or an experienced peer reviewer.

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BioMedCentral.com

Peer review process

Peer review process

Peer review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether a manuscript should be published in their journal.

Peer review: how to make a decision

Peer review: how to make a decision

This tutorial will consider the decisions that are made following peer review – how you can use peer review reports to inform your decision to accept or reject manuscripts. It will also look at how you manage difficult decisions, such as rejecting articles and dealing with appeals.

BMC peer review blog posts

BMC peer review blog posts

Discover our blog posts with news, opinions, and perspectives from our staff, our journal Editors, and many guest bloggers. We offer insights into peer review as well as discuss the day-to-day work and challenges faced by researchers today.

Masterclasses.nature.com

Explore free e-learning modules for reviewers. Free to access when you register on Nature Masterclasses.
 

Your role as peer reviewer

Your role as peer reviewer

Peer review is an essential part of the scientific process, which helps to ensure the integrity and correctness of scientific literature.

The peer review report

The peer review report

Once you have accepted a peer review assignment, the next step is to review the paper and deliver a report that is useful.

Ethics in peer review

Ethics in peer review

Much of the peer review process is based on good faith - that reviewers will provide a fair assessment of the work.

Variations and innovations in peer review

Variations and innovations in peer review

Peer review is an essential part of the scientific process which helps to ensure the integrity and correctness of scientific literature.

Springer.com

How to peer review

How to peer review

All researchers will encounter peer review in their careers; either as authors when they submit their work to a journal for publication or as a reviewer when they are asked to provide comments on a paper by a journal editor.

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Services for editors

Services for editors

Enabling the important work of our community champions.

Publishing and editorial policies

Publishing and editorial policies

Our policies have been developed in consultation with the research communities that we serve. 

Initiatives

  • Our commitment to content sharing

    Our commitment to content sharing

    SharedIt is our free content sharing initiative that provides a simple, quick and legitimate way for researchers to share their content with the academic community and beyond.

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    Science-based solutions to real-world problems

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    Share your discoveries and receive recognition

    ORCID identifiers give researchers a personal, permanent digital code that distinguishes them from every other researcher and links their publication record, ensuring their work is recognised.

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    A Linked Open Data platform for the scholarly domain

    SciGraph, the new Linked Open Data platform aggregating data sources from Springer Nature and key partners from the scholarly domain.

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    Keeping up-to-date just got easier

    Recommended is a personalised service that helps researchers to keep up to date with the latest research by suggesting relevant papers from all publishers, based on what has previously been read.

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