B – Peer review

Rushby N. Peer review (Editorial). British Journal of Educational Technology 2010; 41(5):668-671 (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01117.x)

This Editorial aims at explaining some aspects of peer review that may not be familiar to some readers. It should be reminded that although the reviewers’ comments help the editor, it is the editor who has the final decision and takes responsibility for what appears in the journal. But the reviewer has the opportunity to review submissions well before they appear in the journal and can identify those trends and issues that are coming up in the future. One problem regards the possibilities of biasresulting from the prestige of the author and its institution. If the reviewer has a conflict of interest, it must either be declared to the editor, or the reviewer should decline the invitation to carry out the reviw.