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The different roles in the peer review process

Role of the AUTHOR

  • Subject oneself to the discipline of the periodic publication of completed parts of work in a format that requires extreme rigour, reproducibility or results, appropriate reference to the work published previously by others, robust interaction with critically constructive reviewers and editors,  and a tight relationship between the evidence presented and the conclusions drawn therefrom.

The role of the EDITOR

  • Provide editorial policy which is accessible to authors
  • Select appropriate peer-reviewers
  • Assess review reports
  • Decide whether publish, allow improvements; refuse
  • Statistical review
  • Ensure alignment with focus of journal
  • No misconduct (presentation of data, graphs and figures not published elsewhere, plagiarism, inconsistent data sets)
  • Manage errata and retractions
  • Contextualise findings in editorials and supplementary sections

 The role of the PEER REVIEWER

  • Scrutinise methods and results ito consistency, interpretability, reproducibility
  • Identify gaps in interpretation and findings
  • Suggest improvement in terms of style, length and focus;
  • Assess originality and proper citation and referencing of previous studies
  • Contest unjustified conclusions
  • “Place” the work in the existing matrix of knowledge in the relevant area or field

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