Peer Reviewer Guidance
Peer reviewing is an important part of academic publications as it contributes to the publication of high quality research. Some points to consider when peer reviewing articles (mostly relevant to original, review and short report articles):
- Originality and significance of the topic- does the study answer a new question or answer an old question in a new, different or better way? Is the research question important?
- Are the research question and aims clearly stated?
- Does the abstract reflect the content of the article?
- Does the introduction present a justification or rationale for conducting the research?
- Is the research question well situated within the context of existing literature?
- Are the methods used appropriate to answer the research questions?
- Are the methods sufficiently described to allow for replication of the research?
- Are the results clearly presented and logical?
- Do the results address the research question?
- Statistics: If you feel you have sufficient statistical experience and feel comfortable reviewing the statistics, you may comment on the appropriateness of the statistical analysis. Alternatively, if you prefer a statistician to review, please let us know.
- Are tables and figures clearly presented and support the results?
- Are there any potential sources of bias in the article?
- Are there any ethical concerns?
- Do the discussion and conclusion support the results?
- Are the results discussed within the context of existing literature
- Are all important limitations acknowledged?
- Is the overall paper well-written? Are there many grammatical errors? Will the article require significant copy-editing?