In this module, you’ll learn some of the ways you will benefit from volunteering your time as a peer reviewer.
In the previous module, we examined the critical nature of peer review for the advancement of science and scholarship. Despite its importance, however, peer review is rarely done for money and is primarily a volunteer effort. Reviewers are instead motivated by a range of non-financial incentives, including: increasing your knowledge of the latest work in your field, learning more about what good (and bad) writing looks like, developing relationships with others in your discipline, and providing an important addition to your CV. If that’s not enough, making an important contribution to your discipline should be another key motivation in your decision to get involved in the peer review process.
In this video, Dr Elina Tuulikki Jaakkola, University of Turku, explains the benefits she gets from being a reviewer:
- Peer reviewing: a thankless job or a duty to the academic community?
- Why Serve as a Peer Reviewer?
- Getting Involved in the Peer Review Process
Can you think of any additional benefits to becoming a peer reviewer that are not mentioned here? Do you disagree or discount any of the benefits discussed? If so, which ones and why?