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Top tips to become a peer reviewer

14 August, 2019
Top Tips

Interested in becoming a peer reviewer but not sure where to start, or if you’re ready?

Take a look at the Council for Allied Health Professionals top tips to develop peer reviewing skills.

The first step is to encourage invitations by sending a CV to outline your experience. Once you’ve done so, reviewing invitations is something you should closely monitor. 

“Check the title, keywords and abstract for an appropriate match to your subject or methodological expertise," the advice says. "Don’t make a decision based on the title alone, as this can be misleading.”

The information outlines what to look for when reviewing, the importance of the initial read through, and how to give constructive feedback.

“Remember to cite reviewing as an excellent form of CPD. Share your critical appraisal skills via journal clubs and offer colleagues the option of institutional peer review of manuscripts prior to publication.”

The Council for Allied Health Professions Research supports radiographers and other AHPs to take the first steps, as well as providing opportunities for learning, sharing, networking and collaborations.

The Society is one of 13 AHP organisations that are part of CAHPR and the Society’s professional and education manager, Dr Rachel Harris, is the chair of the Council’s steering committee.

Regional hubs hold face-to-face and online events and provide support locally. There are also other downloadable ‘how to’ leaflets which include topics such as:

  • Preparing a scientific poster
  • Capturing research impact
  • Getting your paper published
  • Engaging with your Academic Health Science Network
  • Patient public involvement

For contact details about your local hub and for further information about CAHPR visit

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