Understanding Peer Review Congratulations! You’ve

How does the peer-review process work? There are several stakeholders in the peer-review process. Different journals carry different editorial practices when it comes to peer-review policies, but the best way to understand the process is that it is a collaborative team effort. It is important to understand that each member of this team has a role in the process. Here are the key things to remember:

successfully submitted your manuscript into a scientific journal. Hours and hours spent researching, conducting the experiment, and drafting the results have culminated into publication in your selected journal. Not so fast. Before your work is published, it must go through peer-review and be accepted into the journal. This process can take time, which leaves an author asking several questions…

1. The Editor-in-Chief designates the appropriate reviewer.


2. The team member designated by the Editor-in-Chief selects peer reviewers for your manuscript.


3. Peer reviewers take time to review.

Getting published isn’t magic; it’s a process.


4. Reviewers make comments on your work and an editorial decision is returned to the author. Sometimes additional revisions are necessary.


Did you know? 8 Nobel Prize winners had their original manuscript rejected by a scientific journal.

5. Reviewers and Editors may ask for several rounds of revisions to be made to the paper. Remember to not respond with emotion, the goal of review is to approve the paper.




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