Peer review is an important part of the publishing process. Journals would not be able to publish the research that they do without the dedication of peer reviewers. Serving as the checkpoint to academic credibility, reviewers provide crucial feedback for authors and editors that influences the future of a paper’s publication status. With the world facing an unprecedented time of crisis, the work of reviewers is more essential than ever.
Reviewing papers for the past two years, Dr. Berdugo finds that the most challenging part of the process can be setting aside time to review. As the mother of a 3-year old with a 65% appointment, she balances everyday work and life responsibilities alongside periods of time where she is working in remote locations developing field work. To incorporate review responsibilities into her schedule she has shared the efficient system that she uses to complete her reviews in a timely manner.
To help facilitate her review process, Dr. Berdugo likes to use a standard paper and pencil along with her laptop. Using her kindle helps her to read over research while on public transport, and she also finds that Acrobat, Word, Google Scholar, Wikipedia, and a thesaurus are helpful tools to utilize when completing a review.
“I think that once the world overpasses the COVID crisis, the global scientific community should reorganize the publication system with deep changes in its structure as the entire society should do. “
Dr. Berdugo hopes that this period of time where our priorities have shifted also helps the scientific community; publishers alike; to re-think, discuss, and implement change to the review process.