Peer review

Section edited by Elizabeth Wager.

This Section considers manuscripts reporting research into the peer review of articles for publication (by journals), or presentation (by conferences), and the peer review of grant proposals by funders. Research topics for this section will include: methods of identifying, training and rewarding peer reviewers; mechanisms to reduce bias, such as blinding; novel systems for peer review, such as ‘public review’ and post-publication review; and methods to measure and improve the quality of peer review.

  1. Research

    Using democracy to award research funding: an observational study

    Winning funding for health and medical research usually involves a lengthy application process. With success rates under 20%, much of the time spent by 80% of applicants could have been better used on actual r...

    Adrian G. Barnett, Philip Clarke, Cedryck Vaquette and Nicholas Graves

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2017 2:16

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  2. Commentary

    Recruitment of reviewers is becoming harder at some journals: a test of the influence of reviewer fatigue at six journals in ecology and evolution

    It is commonly reported by editors that it has become harder to recruit reviewers for peer review and that this is because individuals are being asked to review too often and are experiencing reviewer fatigue....

    Charles W. Fox, Arianne Y. K. Albert and Timothy H. Vines

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2017 2:3

    Published on: 8 March 2017

    The original article was published in Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016 1:14

  3. Research

    Is it becoming harder to secure reviewers for peer review? A test with data from five ecology journals

    There is concern in the academic publishing community that it is becoming more difficult to secure reviews for peer-reviewed manuscripts, but much of this concern stems from anecdotal and rhetorical evidence.

    Arianne Y. K. Albert, Jennifer L. Gow, Alison Cobra and Timothy H. Vines

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016 1:14

    Published on: 4 November 2016

    The Commentary to this article has been published in Research Integrity and Peer Review 2017 2:3

  4. Commentary

    Improving the peer review of narrative literature reviews

    As the size of the published scientific literature has increased exponentially over the past 30 years, review articles play an increasingly important role in helping researchers to make sense of original resea...

    Jennifer A. Byrne

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016 1:12

    Published on: 4 September 2016

  5. Editorial

    A new forum for research on research integrity and peer review

    This editorial explains why we are launching Research Integrity and Peer Review, a new open-access journal that will provide a home to research on ethics, reporting, and evaluation of research. We discuss how the...

    Stephanie L. Harriman, Maria K. Kowalczuk, Iveta Simera and Elizabeth Wager

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016 1:5

    Published on: 3 May 2016

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