Tips on how to become a peer reviewer

Expert advice from the former Head of Reviewer Programs at Taylor & Francis

From boosting your academic career to staying on top of the latest research, there are many benefits to becoming a reviewer of research papers.

If you’re not sure where to start, Diana Marshall, former Head of Reviewer Programs at Taylor & Francis, shares 5 top tips on how to become a reviewer for scholarly journals – including raising your profile, gaining experience, and formal training.

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5 tips on how to become a peer reviewer

1. Build your profile

The Editor needs to know who you are and what you are an expert on. Make sure that your online profiles are up-to-date, and that you have shared your expertise through platforms like ORCiD.

2. Make yourself discoverable

Help the Editor know your interests and review experience. Creating a Clarivate profile as someone interested in reviewing can make you easier to find.

3. Peer review experience: co-review with a colleague

Many journals will be happy for you to co-review with an experienced colleague. You just need to ask for the journal editor’s approval first. Talk to senior members of your department about working with them on some reviews.

4. Peer review experience: volunteer to review

Some journals welcome volunteer reviewers. Make sure you share your research experience when contacting the journal or editor you’re interested in reviewing for.

5. Learn how to be an expert reviewer

Want to find out more about being a peer reviewer and get some training and experience? Join one of our online training sessions and get the opportunity to be linked with journals in your subject area.

Our popular guide to becoming a peer reviewer covers everything you need to know, including:

  • The peer review process

  • Writing review reports

  • Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers

  • Reviewer recognition

Listen to our podcast on becoming a reviewer

Head of Reviewer Programs at Taylor & Francis, Diana Marshall, shares more top tips and expert advice on how to become a reviewer for scholarly journals. Download the transcript here.

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