This week (the 21st to the 25th of September) JBI Evidence Synthesis is celebrating Peer Review Week. We have selected two of our outstanding peer reviewers to share their thoughts on this year's theme: "Trust in Peer Review." Thank you to Kay and Lucylynn for their insight and expertise.
Kay Cooper, PhD
Clinical Professor of Allied Health Professions, a joint appointment between Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, and NHS Grampian
Director of the Scottish Centre for Evidence-based, Multi-professional practice: A JBI Centre of Excellence
"Peer review is crucial for ensuring the trustworthiness of published research. Having independent experts review manuscripts with a critical and fresh eye identifies omissions or weaknesses that, with further work, can lead to a clearer and better-quality article. The goal is to publish only the highest-quality research in order for consumers of that research to have trust in the findings, and for it to be of use for informing practice."
Lucylynn Lizarondo, PhD
Research Fellow in the Implementation Science team of JBI, Adelaide, Australia
"As a researcher and author, I rely on experts to scrutinize my work and evaluate the suitability of my paper for publication. I consider it a privilege to provide constructive feedback to a fellow researcher's work. Peer review is an important quality-control mechanism that keeps the rigor of the research and ensures the scientific integrity of the manuscript. We should respect the hard work of our peers by providing honest, unbiased, and constructive feedback to ensure a trustworthy publication."