Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Reviewer Appreciation and Others News

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Reviewer Appreciation and Others News

Article excerpt

Part of the very foundation of science rests on the generous and unselfish participation of fellow scientists in the peer-review process. Few never find the time; many frequently find the time; but some nearly always find the time to participate. We are deeply grateful for the countless hours of time spent by our reviewers.

EHP uses a two-tiered review process to achieve a fair and thorough evaluation of manuscripts. After a triage process in which papers are rated by the editors for possible outside peer review, three editorial review board members or ad hoc reviewers are identified to review each selected paper. We do allow authors to request that certain individuals not review a paper if there is a concern about potential bias. Relying heavily on the reviewers' comments, the science editor then decides on the acceptability of the article.

One facet of our process that our reviewers truly appreciate is that they receive the review comments of the other participants. We feel that reviewers benefit from seeing the evaluations of others and that the process of sharing reviewers' comments leads to a continual overall improvement in the peer-review process itself.

EHP needs a large pool of reviewers because of the wide range of subject areas covered by the journal. …

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