Journal peer review process

Rigby J, Cox D, Julian K. Journal peer review: a bar or bridge? An analysis of a paper’s revision history and turnaround time, and the effect on citation. Scientometrics 2018:114(3):1087-1105
(doi: 10.1007/s11192-017-2630-5)

This article explores the journal peer review process and seeks to examine how the reviewing process might itself contribute to the citedness of papers. The study provides evidence, albeit limited to a single journal in the Social Sciences field, that the peer review process may constitute a form of knowledge production and is not the simple correction of errors. Furthermore, the number of reviewers and of the disciplines of the reviewers involved may play a role in manuscript quality development.