Creating a clear peer review picture

Announcing this year’s Peer Review Week

Peer review is a crucial part of scholarly communication, ensuring that published research is trustworthy, accurate and meets the highest standards possible within a given field.

There are lots of different parts to peer review, from the editor assigning the most appropriate associate editor to handle the paper, to sending out reminders to reviewers, and training editors on using the journal’s online submission systems. There’s also plenty of debate surrounding the process, such as discussion around the different types of peer review or how best to recognize and reward those involved.

With this complexity follow questions around peer review. Some of the questions we hear the most are: What happens during the process? What is the editor’s role? Who is involved? Why does it take time?

Announcing Peer Review Week 2017

This year, we’ll once again be celebrating Peer Review Week. Held on 11th to 17th September, this global event will bring together individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to sharing the message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications. This year it’ll be dedicated to the theme of transparency of peer review, looking at the wide range of opportunities and challenges that this presents.

Find out more

You can find out more about Peer Review Week at and follow all the activities and events on #PeerRevWk17 and #TransparencyinReview. So get that date in your diary and be sure to tune in to this year’s Peer Review Week right here on Author Services, Editor Resources and at

To get you started, here are some of our essential peer review resources for you to bookmark:


Peer review behind the scenes: an infographic
What to expect during peer review: for the first time author
Understanding different types of peer review
Step-by-step guide to reviewing: reviewer guidelines
Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers

How to get involved in peer review (and why you should)
On open peer review: a new scholar’s perspective
The role of reviewers: a journal editor’s perspective
Navigating contradictory reviews: a journal editor’s perspective

Peer review: a global view, including the latest supplement on motivations, training and support

Do you or your organization have peer review resources which you’d like to share with the scholarly community? Do you think you might hold an event during Peer Review Week? Tell others about it by emailing Your event or resource will then feature on