Understanding the peer review system – Nicolas Robinson-Garcia




Become a Reviewer

Peer review is an integral part of the scholarly publishing process. By registering as a reviewer, you are supporting the academic community by providing constructive feedback on new research, helping to ensure both the quality and integrity of published work in your field.

Getting involved in the peer review process of NAJFNR can be a highly rewarding experience and responsibility that can also improve your own research and help to further your career. Reviewing papers helps you to stay on top of the most up-to-date research and without highly talented reviewers, it would be impossible to maintain the high standards of peer-review journals.

Once registered, you may be asked to undertake reviews of scholarly articles that match your research interests. Reviewers always have the option to decline an invitation to review and we take care not to overburden our reviewers with excessive requests.


Concerning the NAJFNR, Editors usually select reviewers based on some well defined criteria:

  • Qualifications (PhD – depending on subject area);
  • Previous experience with reviewing;
  • Quality of journals where they published and the number of published papers in their given area of expertise;
  • Number of citations taking into consideration the h-index (>= 5);
  • Recommendations from other researchers/reviewers they know or have worked with.

You must login before you can become a reviewer.

If you don't want to be a reviewer anymore, you can change your roles by editing your profile.


Some advice for new reviewers 



The Editor needs to know who you are and what you are an expert on. Make sure that your online profiles are up-to-date, and that you have shared your expertise through platforms such as Scopus / WOS / Publons / ORCiD / ResearchGate / Google Scholar


If you're new to peer review and feeling unsure of yourself, do not worry. Confidence will come with experience. How?

--> It is worth seeking advice from more experienced colleagues. Additionally, resources on the net exist that will help you find the best way to evaluate a manuscript and structure your comments.

--> Getting the support of an experienced mentor and familiarizing yourself with the peer review process should help build your confidence and track record.


Help the Editor know your interests and review experience. Creating a Clarivate profile as someone interested in reviewing can make you easier to find.


Several journals will be happy for you to co-review with an experienced colleague. You just need to ask for the journal editor’s approval first. Talk to senior members of your department about working with them on some reviews.

Some journals welcome volunteer reviewers. Make sure you share your research experience when contacting the journal or editor you are interested in reviewing for.

Some journals make specific invitations for reviewers to get in touch. This might be the case if the journal is new or expanding its scope into a different area.