Reviewing manuscripts for peer-review journals: a primer for novice and seasoned reviewers

Ann Behav Med. 2011 Aug;42(1):1-13. doi: 10.1007/s12160-011-9269-x.


Background: The importance of peer review in the furthering of science cannot be overstated. However, most doctoral students and early career professionals receive little formal or informal training in conducting peer reviews.

Purpose: In recognition of this deficit in peer reviewer training, the present article was developed to provide an overview of the peer-review process at Annals of Behavioral Medicine and describe the general and specific elements that should be included in a high-quality review for the journal.

Conclusion: We conclude by offering exemplar reviews of a manuscript that was ultimately accepted for publication in the journal and provide commentary on specific aspects of these reviews.

MeSH terms

  • Editorial Policies
  • Humans
  • Peer Review, Research / methods*
  • Peer Review, Research / standards*
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards*