Resources for Editors of Scholarly Journals: Peer-Review

Digital Publishing Services at the University of Kansas Libraries have created this guide to assist those thinking of starting a new journal or working with an existing journal. Contact Marianne Reed ( if you have any questions.

Editors and Peer Review

Editors often coordinate the peer review process; they recruit peer reviewers, write clear guidelines for reviews, and sometimes facilitate the peer review process itself.   The resources below include sample documents that might be useful as a guide for editors writing guidelines for their reviewers, as well as some tips on finding and retaining excellent reviewers.  

  • Instructions for Reviewers
    This page from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) contains instructions given to peer reviewers. Includes guidelines on the timeframe for reviewer response, confidentiality, writing the review, and ethical considerations.
  • COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers
    The Council on Publication Ethics (COPE) has produced guidelines for peer reviewers that outline basic principles and standards to which all peer reviewers should adhere during the peer-review process in research publications.  The guidelines are intended to be generic enough to be applicable in all disciplines.