May 25, 2022

Research Article: “Academics’ Attitudes Towards Peer Review in Scholarly Journals and the effect of Role and Discipline”

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Academics’ Attitudes Towards Peer Review in Scholarly Journals and the effect of Role and Discipline


Jennifer Rowley
Manchester Metropolitan University

Laura Sbaffi
University of Sheffield


Journal of Information Science
First Published: November 14, 2017


This research contributes to the knowledge on academics’ attitudes towards peer review, through an international and inter-disciplinary survey of academics, which profiles academics’ views on the value of peer review, its benefits and the prevalence of unethical practices. Generally, academics regarded peer review as beneficial to improving their article and felt that peer review contributed significantly to the effectiveness of scholarly communication. Academics agreed that peer review could improve the readability and quality of the published paper, as well as check for accuracy, appropriate methodology, novelty and relevance to the journal. There are significant differences in the views of respondents on the basis of role, with those involved as reviewers and editors being less positive about peer review than authors. In addition, there is evidence of some disciplinary differences in views on the benefits of peer review.

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