Universal Principled Review: A Community-Driven Method to Improve Peer Review

Cell. 2019 Dec 12;179(7):1441-1445. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.11.029.


Despite being a staple of our science, the process of pre-publication peer review has few agreed-upon standards defining its goals or ideal execution. As a community of reviewers and authors, we assembled an evaluation format and associated specific standards for the process as we think it should be practiced. We propose that we apply, debate, and ultimately extend these to improve the transparency of our criticism and the speed with which quality data and ideas become public.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / standards
  • Peer Review / methods
  • Peer Review / standards*
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards
  • Quality Improvement