Peer review: it's not personal
Peer review is central to scientific publication but can sometimes be disheartening. Sundip D Udani and colleagues explain how it works
- By: Sundip D Udani, Rebecca D Udani, Senthil Selvanathan, Kevin R Haylett
The romance of research captured our imagination, and we took up the challenge. We identified a topic, and we found collaborators and support, funding, and time for the research. Finally, we analysed the results and crafted a research paper into shape. The process was long, with rewrites, rewording, and reconsideration, which took much time and effort. Even the abstract was difficult. Hopefully this article gives a measured view of the next part of the process-peer review (see figure).
This time it wasn't just a piece of coursework. The work had been submitted to a real journal for publishing and the metaphorical envelope sealed with a final click. Was that an ectopic heartbeat? By the time the pulse had settled the work had been delivered along the digital superhighway to the journal's server. The final version was waiting to be downloaded by the editor.
You were again lost to the demands