B – Peer review – Beyond the call of duty?

Griffiths P, Baveye PC. Peer review – Beyond the call of duty? International Journal of Nursing Studies 2011;48(1):1-2

Peer reviewing is a crucial component of the publishing process. Unfortunately, a high proportion, probably a majority, of review invitations are declined. The article identifies the outstanding problems and the need to find ways to convince researchers to peer review manuscripts more often. It suggests some options to raise the level of visibility and recognition of peer reviews. For example, scientometric indexes could include some measure to evaluate individuals’ reviewing performance and impact. These data could be used to acknowledge and reward the researchers’ efforts when judging the extent and quality of a scientific contribution.