The peer-review process allows authors and editors an opportunity to use and develop their own expertise in a number of significant ways. By assessing the quality and validity of another author’s work, within the same area of expertise, a Reviewer:

  • Ensures the continued rigorous standards of the scientific process since the peer-review system has been in place for centuries and each generation of researchers engaged in the process contributes to the ever increasing wealth of scientific information;
  • Upholds the integrity of the journal, by identifying invalid research, as well as the reviewer helps the journal maintain its quality and standards;
  • Fulfil a sense of scientific obligation to the community and their own area of concentration;
  • Establishes relationships with reputable colleagues and their affiliated journals, and may also increase his / her opportunity to be invited to join an Editorial Board;
  • Reciprocates professional courtesy as typically authors and reviewers are often interchangeable roles. In assisting an author with their paper, reviewers ‘Repay’ the same courtesy they receive when authoring their own papers;
  • Establish expertise in and knowledge of the field;
  • Increase reputation and exposure to key figures in the community;
  • Stays current and ‘In the Loop’ with respect to the discipline’s latest literature.