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Easing the burden on reviewers

This article looks at the training and initiatives designed to support reviewers

The standard of a scientific journal is to a great extent dependent on the quality of its reviewers and we greatly appreciate the time taken by scientists, such as yourself, who volunteer to contribute to improving the quality of a journal, by guiding authors in their efforts to communicate their results. To help ease the burden of reviewing and to also provide guidance for fulfilling the reviewer role we offer support to reviewers in various ways. 

We provide 30 days free access to ScienceDirect and Scopus

Upon acceptance of a task to review a manuscript as a reviewer you will receive a gift certificate which allows 30 days free access to ScienceDirect and Scopus, giving access to the abstracts of articles referenced in the paper under review. You will be given 6 months from acceptance to redeem this certificate.

A reviewers' information pack is available online

We have put together our online reviewers' information pack which aims to offer practical information on reviewing for Elsevier journals, information which we hope you will find of value whether you are a new or experienced reviewer . The pack includes resources to help reviewers expedite the process of reviewing papers, information on our publishing policies and procedures, and advice from other reviewers and editors.

A series of reviewer webcasts with tips for reviewers has recently been recorded

Three webcasts have recently been recorded with tips for reviewers and you can now access them from our early career resources center. The webcasts cover the following topics:

  • How to Review a Manuscript – Peer review
    The first webcast in this series talks about the background of peer review and the peer review process. The webcast covers the purpose of peer review and why it's important to participate in the peer review process.
  • How to Review a Manuscript – The Reviewing process
    The second webcast covers the reviewing process. It looks at the importance of taking a systematic approach when reviewing including; considering the presentation of a paper, how to write comments to editors and authors, what oversight a reviewer provides, the review process in steps, and what criteria a reviewer needs for assessment.
  • How to Review a Manuscript– Reviewers' role
    The final webcast in this series provides a detailed description of what a reviewer needs to check in each section of the manuscript and the Editor's view on what makes a good reviewer.

We have a reviewers' home on Elsevier's corporate website

The final resource I would like to point you towards in this article is our Reviewers' Home page on the Elsevier corporate website. Our Reviewers' Home is the place where all our resources centered around reviewers are gathered. On this homepage you can find information on all the resources mentioned in this article as well as links to our Reviewers' Update Newsletter, guidelines for reviewing and access to our training desk and support pages.


Author biography

Ursula CulliganUrsula Culligan has over 12 years experience in STM Journals publishing and has worked in both communications and publishing roles. Ursula is based in Amsterdam and as Customer Communications Manager is responsible for Editorial Communications and Elsevier's Reviewers' Update newsletter.



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