The peer review process is designed to assure the originality, quality, and validity of articles published in scholarly journals. It has long been accepted as a system that guarantees the authenticity and honesty of the work done.
Mandatory questions for peer reviewers
- Is the article important?
- Will it help our readers to make better decisions and, if so, how?
- Will the article add enough to existing knowledge?
- Does the article read well and make sense? Does it have a clear message?
- Originality — does the work add enough to what is already in the published literature? If so, what does it add? Please cite relevant references to support your comments on originality.
- Scientific reliability
- Research question — clearly defined and appropriately answered?
- Overall design of study — appropriate and adequate to answer the research question?
- Participants — adequately described, their conditions defined, inclusion and exclusion criteria described?
- Methods — adequately described?
- Results — answer the research question? Credible? Well presented?
- Interpretation and conclusions — warranted by and sufficiently derived from/focused on the data? Discussed in the light of previous evidence? Message clear?
- References — up to date and relevant? Any glaring omissions?
- Abstract/summary/key messages/what this paper adds — reflect accurately what the paper says?
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