Peer review is a process where colleagues with similar knowledge and experience assess the quality and significance of scientific research - impacting funding, publication, and personnel decisions. It is an essential element of responsible scientific conduct and must be conducted in a timely, thorough, constructive, unbiased, and confidential manner. (Office of Research Integrity)

Resources in this section will address:

  • What is peer review?
  • How does the peer review process work?
  • What standards, codes or guidelines are available to guide reviewers of grants and manuscripts?
  • How is confidentiality preserved during the peer review process?
  • What steps can researchers take to lessen the impact of personal bias in the peer review process?
  • What is considered to be a thorough scientific review of a grant or manuscript?