What do reviewers think about the established peer review system?

OpenUP ran a survey to capture current perceptions and practices in peer review, dissemination of research results and impact measurement among European researchers from different disciplines and all career stages. The survey invitations were sent to a random sample of researchers who deposit their publications on arXiv, Pubmed and RePEc. This ensured that the researchers who participated in the survey had produced at least one publication as a main author, as a result of which they had at least some direct experience in the areas covered by the survey. The survey consisted of four sections. The first section asked a series of questions on the respondents’ scientific discipline, career stage, gender and other characteristics. The following three sections asked questions on peer review practices, dissemination of research results and impact measurement/use of altmetrics. We received almost 1000 completed responses.

In this post, we present researchers´ experiences as reviewers under the established peer review system. The results showed that the overall satisfaction with the established reviewing process is rather low. Only a fraction of reviewers felt that their review work is being explicitly acknowledged in their organisation or that it benefits their career development! Around 20% and 30% respectively ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘rather agreed’ with these statements. In addition, around half of the researchers agreed that their incentives to work as reviewers would increase if their work was  awarded or if the process became more collaborative with authors, editors and/or publishers. Revealing reviewer’s identity was viewed as an incentive to work as a reviewer by a quarter of respondents.

Do you want learn more about what do researchers think on peer review methods? Stay tuned for more updates!

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