Empowering peer reviewers with a checklist to improve transparency

Timothy H. Parker*, Simon C. Griffith, Judith L. Bronstein, Fiona Fidler, Susan Foster, Hannah Fraser, Wolfgang Forstmeier, Jessica Gurevitch, Julia Koricheva, Ralf Seppelt, Morgan W. Tingley, Shinichi Nakagawa

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Peer review is widely considered fundamental to maintaining the rigour of science, but it often fails to ensure transparency and reduce bias in published papers, and this systematically weakens the quality of published inferences. In part, this is because many reviewers are unaware of important questions to ask with respect to the soundness of the design and analyses, and the presentation of the methods and results; also some reviewers may expect others to be responsible for these tasks. We therefore present a reviewers' checklist of ten questions that address these critical components. Checklists are commonly used by practitioners of other complex tasks, and we see great potential for the wider adoption of checklists for peer review, especially to reduce bias and facilitate transparency in published papers. We expect that such checklists will be well received by many reviewers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)929-935
    Number of pages7
    JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
    Volume2
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

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