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Why Participate in Peer Review as a Journal Manuscript Reviewer: What's in It for You?

Authors
  • Pytynia, Kristen B1
  • 1 1 Department of Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Otolaryngology
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2017
Volume
156
Issue
6
Pages
976–977
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0194599816669661
PMID: 27677597
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The peer review process for scientific journals relies on the efforts of volunteer reviewers. Reviewers are selected due to their expertise in their fields. With so many demands on professional time, the benefits of participating in peer review may not be obvious. However, reviewers benefit by exposure to the latest developments in their fields, facilitating their keeping up-to-date with the latest publications. Tenure committees look favorably on participation in peer review, and invitations to review underscore that the reviewer is a respected subject matter expert. Contacts made during the peer review process can lead to long-lasting collaboration. Continuing medical education credit can be obtained through various mechanisms. Overall, participating in peer review is an important part of career development and should be viewed as a critical component of advancement.

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