IOP report reveals imbalance in peer review distribution

Improving the peer-review process is a challenge

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Motivation distribution in IOP peer review study
Motivation distribution in IOP peer review study

A new global peer review study from IOP Publishing has found that the imbalance in the distribution of peer review continues to be felt by Western and more experienced reviewers.

German, US and UK reviewers are more likely to feel overloaded by review requests, with over 40% stating that they receive too many. In fact, nearly 50% of German reviewers indicated this to be the case. This is in contrast with reviewers from China and India, where less than 12% and 10% respectively reported receiving too many requests.

More than 1,200 reviewers from across the globe contributed to the report to provide rich and practical insights that will help improve the efficiency and quality of the peer-review process.

Feedback is the most important recognition

Other findings reveal that the primary motivation for reviewers comes from an interest in the paper and that feedback is the most valuable form of recognition, with nearly 60% of respondents saying that cash or benefit-in-kind rewards provide very little motivation to review.

Commenting on the report, Antonia Seymour, Publishing director at IOP Publishing said, “We provide the best possible publishing experience and our commitment to ensuring high-quality, timely, rigorous and ethical peer review is at the heart of that. The number of papers needing review continues to increase while the number of reviewers has not followed at the same rate. This global trend has led to fatigue among experienced reviewers and those in certain locations who are being asked to review more frequently.”

“We are constantly looking at how we can overcome these challenges, improve the peer review process and offer more support to peer reviewers. This led us to carry out this survey to truly understand the reviewer experience, what motivates them and their recognition needs. This understanding will be crucial to how our peer review process at IOP Publishing evolves. We are very grateful to all our respondents. They have provided us with a huge amount of useful information which will help us shape our approach and build new initiatives.”

To read the full report, click here

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