ORI Introduction to RCR: Chapter 10. Peer Review
Responsible Conduct Regarding Scientific Communications
Responsible Conduct Regarding Scientific Communication
Reviewers of Manuscripts
- Thorough scientific review is in the interest of the scientific community.
- A thorough review must include consideration of the ethical dimensions of a manuscript as well as its scientific merit.
- All scientists are encouraged to participate if possible when asked to review a manuscript.
- Anonymity of reviewers should be preserved unless otherwise stated in the guidelines for authors and for reviewers, or unless a reviewer requests disclosure.
- Reviewers should be chosen for their high qualifications and objectivity regarding a particular manuscript.
- Reviews should not contain harsh language or personal attacks.
- Reviews should be prompt as well as thorough.
- Reviewers must not use non-public information contained in a manuscript to advance their own research or financial interests.
- Information contained in a manuscript under review is confidential and must not be shared with others. (Link)