Peer-Review Guide

Peer reviewers are a critical component of the publication process, ensuring quality and relevancy of articles accepted for print as well as assisting in author development. All reviews are completed online only via Editorial Manager, so access to a computer and Internet is required. Already a reviewer? Review full instructions for completing your review by clicking HERE
 
Not a reviewer yet but interested in joining? Complete an application and return it to pubCJON@ons.org. See below for reviewer responsibilities and basic guidelines. 
 
Reviewer Responsibilities
  • Complete 3-6 reviews annually. 
  • Complete appropriate forms.
    • ONS antitrust (initially and annually)
    • ONS conflict of interest (initially and annually)
    • Contact information (update as needed)
    • Areas of expertise (initially and as requested)
  • Provide reviews that are constructive and supportive. 
  • Complete reviews according to the deadline provided, usually 2-3 weeks.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all content. Manuscripts under review cannot be duplicated, quoted, or distributed. Any manuscript files should be destroyed after review completion.
 

Tips for Review Comments

  • Avoid rewriting, correcting grammar and punctuation, or correcting reference styles. 
  • Instead, identify the major strengths and weaknesses and provide specific suggestions for improvement.
  • Comment on the clarity of the content as well as its presentation.
    • Do the title and abstract represent the work?
    • Are reference materials interpreted correctly?
    • Do tables and figures support the work?
  • Discuss the appropriateness and accuracy of the information.
  • Are the references pertinent, timely, balanced, and evidence based?
  • See these sample reviews.