Research Tips 09: Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Peer Reviewer?
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Research Tips 09

Peer review is a process whereby experts in a given field help judge the value of a relevant work or ideas that they were not part of creating. The primary function of peer review is gatekeeping -- selecting the best from a pool of submissions. It also serves, however, as a source of constructive criticism, whereby expert feedback by peers can be taken into account to improve ideas, research proposals, and papers.* As your career advances, you are likely to be asked to serve as a peer reviewer.

*Norman A. Constantine (2018) Peer review. In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from

What benefits can researchers enjoy by working as a peer reviewer?

  • Serving as a peer reviewer looks good on your CV as it shows that your expertise is recognized by other experts.
  • You will get to read some of the latest research in your field well before it is in the public domain.
  • The critical thinking skills needed during peer review will help you in your own research and writing. 

How to become a peer reviewer?

The Web of Science Academy (formerly Publons Academy) provides an effective and expert peer review FREE ONLINE training course to teach you the core skills needed by a peer reviewer. Once completed, the Web of Science Academy will allow you to create a peer reviewer profile to connect you to the editors that require your expertise.

What are you waiting for?
Go to the Web of Science Academy homepage today and sign up for the course or find out more information.

See also: What happened to the Publons Academy?