In this module, you’ll learn how to become an even more effective reviewer.
Once you’ve submitted your comments and recommendation, the review process for that manuscript is concluded. However, your own growth and development as a reviewer continues. It is highly recommended that you follow up with your editor and ask for feedback on your reviews. Find out if you have responded within the expected timelines, inquire about how you have structured your comments, ask about your general tone and approach in your communication with the authors. Constructive feedback from the editor will help you to identify your strengths and any possible gaps that might need improvement. It can be hard to ask for criticism, but in the long run you, and the journals and authors you work with, will all benefit.
What do you think would be the most challenging element in conducting a peer review? Avoiding bias? Staying positive? Identifying statistical errors? All of these can be challenging, but mastering them is certainly possible!