Reviewer Guidelines

Early-Career researchers with little experience of reviewing may be interested to read our general Guide to peer review.

If you are reviewing a 'How to...' paper, please refer to our guidelines for this article type here.

If you are reviewing a Synthesis paper, please refer to our review guidelines for this article type here.

We strongly encourage senior reviewers to review in collaboration with more junior members of their lab. We believe that this is fantastic training for early career researchers. If, as the head of a lab, you are invited to review but are too busy to provide a review yourself, we also encourage you to suggest early career members of your lab to review in your place. In this case we advise you to look over the comments before they are submitted and approve them. The reviewer should note that this has been done in their confidential comments.

Collaborative peer review

If you would like to share a review with an early career researcher in your lab, please bear in mind the following:
    - Contact the journal first – please don’t forget that the review process is confidential and it is very important that the journal is informed before a review is shared.
    - Give the names of all who read the manuscript and contributed to the review in the confidential comments to Editors section of the review. This is important for two reasons, first so that there is a proper record of anyone who has read a copy of the manuscript. Second, so that anyone who contributed may be approached directly to review in the future.
    - If you’d like to suggest that the journal passes a review request on to a lab member, rather than sharing the review as a development exercise, then it is important you decline the review but suggest your lab member as an alternative. This is vital to ensure the individual builds up their own reviewing record, and so that the journal editors preserve their right to choose reviewers.

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