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.
- Guidelines for Reviewers
This page is a great example of guidelines given to reviewers, including a detailed peer review process flowchart. The guidelines are divided topically into four sections:
- 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.