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Information for Reviewers

As a peer reviewer for the journal Research, you are part of a valued community. Scientific progress depends on the communication of information that can be trusted, and the peer review process is a vital part of that system.

Only some of the papers submitted to Research are reviewed in depth. Reviewers may be selected to evaluate separate components of a manuscript. We greatly appreciate the time spent in preparing a review, and will consult reviewers on a revision of a manuscript only if we believe the paper has been significantly improved but still requires input. The final responsibility for decisions of acceptance or rejection of a submitted manuscript lies with the editor.

Ethical Guidelines for Reviewers

  • Reviews should be objective evaluations of the research. If a reviewer cannot judge a paper impartially, that reviewer should not accept it for review or should notify the editor as soon as possible. If a reviewer has any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest in reviewing the manuscript, or a history of personal differences with the author(s), that reviewer should describe them in confidential comments.
  • If a reviewer believes that they are not qualified to evaluate a component of the research, the reviewer should inform the editor in their review.
  • Reviews should be constructive and courteous and the reviewer should respect the intellectual independence of the author. The reviewer should avoid personal comments; Research reserves the right to edit out comments that will hinder constructive discussion of manuscripts.
  • Just as a reviewer may wish prompt evaluations of their own research, we request they return reviews within the time period specified when asked to review the paper. If events will prevent a timely review, it is the reviewer’s responsibility to inform the editor at the time of the request.
  • The review process is conducted anonymously. Research never reveals the identity of reviewers to authors. The privacy and anonymity provisions of this process extend to the reviewer, who should not reveal his or her identity to outsiders or members of the press. The review itself will be shared only with the author, and possibly with other reviewers.
  • The submitted manuscript is a privileged communication and must be treated as a confidential document. Reviewers should destroy all copies of the manuscript after review and not share the manuscript with any colleagues without the explicit permission of the editor. Reviewers should not make personal or professional use of the data or interpretations before publication without the authors’ specific permission (unless they are writing an editorial or commentary to accompany the article).
  • Reviewers should be aware of Research’s policies for authors regarding conflict of interest, data availability, and materials sharing. To review these guidelines, please visit the Information for Authors page.

For general guidance on using the manuscript submission system, please read the tutorials for Authors, Editors, and Reviewers. For questions on specific functionality, explore the Editorial Manager video library.