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

Travis Lovejoy, Tracey A. Revenson, Christopher R. France

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Peer review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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