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Providing the Right Resources for Reviewers


MODERATOR: Ben Mudrak Product Manager American Chemical Society Durham, North Carolina SPEAKERS: Robert Althoff Associate Professor of Psychology University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont Liza Karlin Senior Staff Editor Association of American Medical Colleges Washington, DC REPORTER: Rachel Winfield Taylor & Francis Group Oxford, United Kingdom Peer review is a crucial step in the academic publishing process, however training and resources for peer reviewers are not always readily available. This panel discussion shared examples of best practices and innovation in this area from 3 experienced journal editors. Robert Althoff, Associate Editor of Journal of the American Academy for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, opened the session by outlining the strategy he has built for teaching students about how to write an effective peer review. Althoff emphasized the importance of asking a series of fundamental questions before writing a review, including: What is the purpose of the study? What were the major findings? What questions are still unanswered? He advised that a review which is helpful for journal editors will open with a paragraph summarizing the article’s contents, such as the research question and key findings, along with a comment from the reviewer about the overarching relevancy and importance of the research. The rest of the review should consist of the reviewer’s qualified opinion of the article. An effective review is well-structured and clear for the editor reading it. As such, Althoff recommends that reviewers split their comments out into major and minor concerns. Reviewers could also consider numbering their comments, or structuring […]

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