Dr. Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis shares her experience of being a peer reviewer and offers tips for good practice
I first acted as a peer reviewer during my PhD.
On that first occasion, I received some guidance to check I was taking the right approach. Since then, I’ve reviewed more times than I can count and have mentored others doing their first reviews.
I’ve reviewed for many journals, including The Lancet, the Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Family Psychology, and I review research proposals and have submitted reports for research councils and conferences.
I’ve also been on the editorial board of Child Abuse Review since 2004 and an associate editor since 2014. In this role, I read manuscript submissions, send them out for review, consider reviewers’ comments and make recommendations to the editor.
In turn, I’ve benefitted from reviews as an author. Sometimes it’s just a little guidance. On other occasions, a review has really helped shape my work into something much better: I’m enormously grateful for that.
As an experienced peer reviewer, I want to share my experience of why peer reviewing is such a positive practice to be involved in and some tips for good practice.