Become a reviewer
Editors are always keen to hear from researchers ready to take the next step in their publishing career. If you think reviewing might be the right move for you, here are a few tips:
- If you have a ScholarOne account, complete the "area of expertise" section so that it accurately reflects your field of knowledge. Editors frequently source potential reviewers by searching on these keywords so might approach you with a review request, even if you only have an author account.
- If you are new to reviewing, the Publons Academy offers a peer review training course.
- Look for an Emerald journal with an aims and scope closely aligned to your area of expertise. This will ensure the review requests you receive are relevant.
- Found a journal that feels like the right fit? Contact the editor directly, explaining that you would like to review for the journal and include a resume outlining your experience.
- Ask a senior colleague to mentor you as you find a journal and carry out your first review. They should be able to offer you practical help and advice as well as support, when needed.
Whether this is your first time reviewing or you are a seasoned professional, we explain why you should say yes next time an editor asks you to review.
- Reviewing establishes you as an expert in your field of research – it’s a great way to enhance your academic or professional reputation.
- You get the opportunity to read cutting-edge research before it has even been published.
- Reviewing offers an ideal opportunity to exercise your critical thinking skills in a private arena.
- You can return the favour – you are very likely a published author which means others have found the time to review your papers, now you can repay the courtesy.
- Building a relationship with a journal editorial team increases your chances of being invited to join an Editorial Advisory or Review Board.
- Reviewing for an Emerald journal entitles you to free personal access to up 40 Emerald journal articles (excluding backfiles). This access is valid for a three-month period following the submission of your review.
- You could be recognised for your efforts; each year editors are asked to nominate outstanding reviewers for our Literati Awards
- Get official recognition for your contribution through Publons. Reviews you carry out will be linked back to your Publons profile, making it easy for you to demonstrate your impact in funding and promotion applications.
We discuss the practicalities of peer review at Emerald and highlight points to consider before and during the process.
Peer review process
Our helpful peer review infographics guide you through each step of the process. We also explain some of the peer review models you might encounter and explore their pros and cons.
Find a journal
Quickly locate specific journals with our alphabetical listing. Or you might want to just search and browse to see what you might find.