Discover the genesis of peer review and scroll to the bottom to share your thoughts about its future.
Your Peer Review Toolbox
The PLOS Peer Review Toolbox is your source for peer review best practice and practical tips to build your scientific skillset. Build up your personal store of peer review know-how with the archives below and sign up to get fresh resources and advice delivered to your inbox every two weeks.
Peer Review Essentials Series
A look at the types of peer review you might be asked to participate in.
Things to watch out for, and the three key questions to ask as you read.
Check out what your peers think and read the latest research into peer review.
Foundations of Peer Review Series
Easy things you can do right now to help editors find you.
Strategies that require a bit more time and attention, but can benefit your career for years to come.
Lean what does an effective data review look like, and what to watch out for as you assess a dataset.
When should you accept or decline an invitation to peer review?
How close does a relationship have to be before it qualifies as a competing interest?
Giving feedback can be hard—strategies for balancing clear and actionable criticism with a constructive tone.
Peer Review in Open Science Series
PLOS announces a modular, opt-in approach to transparent peer review.
What is the difference between Open Access and Open Science—and why does it matter?
Getting active in Open Science as a reader, reviewer, student, or junior researcher.
Your Peer Review Questions Series
Most of the time, different reviewers start their assessment at about the same time. But there are exceptions.
If you comment on a preprint, will anyone actually read your feedback? How do authors feel about preprint comments?
Giving meaningful and constructive peer review feedback