The Principles of Fair Allocation of Peer-Review: How Much Should a Researcher be Expected to Contribute?

Sci Eng Ethics. 2015 Aug;21(4):825-8. doi: 10.1007/s11948-014-9584-2. Epub 2014 Sep 7.


There seems to be reluctance amongst scientists to invest some of their own time in the peer-review of manuscripts. As a result, journal editors often struggle to secure reviewers for a given manuscript in a timely manner. Here, two simple principles are proposed, which could fairly allocate the contribution of individual researchers to the peer-review process.

MeSH terms

  • Editorial Policies*
  • Ethics, Professional
  • Humans
  • Peer Review, Research* / ethics
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Research Personnel*
  • Science