At Cell Press, we’re all very committed to the value of peer review and the role it plays in the effective and accurate communication of science.
So we’re always excited when Peer Review Week comes around, as it’s a great opportunity to highlight that value and recognize all the important work that peer reviewers do. This year is no exception, and on top of general recognition, we’ve also been thinking more specifically about this year’s Peer Review Week theme of transparency in peer review.
As reviewers and editors, we have a front row seat for seeing how much papers change and improve as a result of peer review. Some papers, of course, move through from submission to publication with very few changes, but we find that in many (most) cases reviewers and editors make constructive suggestions that help to shore up what’s shown, fill in logical gaps, address inconsistencies, or improve the interest and relevance of the work by enhancing the level of insight.