From carrying out research to writing effective papers, teaching, and presenting at conferences, today’s academics have a lot on their plate.
There are many skills relating to all these responsibilities that you’ll need to develop over the course of your career. Luckily, peer review is an added advantage to support the development of your required skills in a number of ways.
Improve your own research
Being a peer reviewer can improve and develop how you carry out your own research. For example, as a reviewer, you get an early view of the exciting new research happening in your field meaning you can easily stay up to date with the latest techniques and thinking.
In addition, because you’re critically evaluating papers, it can help you think about your own study designs and what approaches work best in your field of research.
Hone your writing skills
Reviewing articles written by other researchers can give you insight into how to improve your writing. The process of reviewing encourages you to think critically about what works well in an article and what doesn’t.
As you review more papers, you’ll start to spot common mistakes. This could relate to writing style, presentation, or the clarity of explanations. You can then use this knowledge in your own writing and improve your chances of publication.
Become a better teacher
Providing constructive feedback is a critical part of any teaching role. You need to be able to critically evaluate how your students are performing and provide feedback to help them improve.
This is a similar process that you’ll need to apply in peer review, so carrying out peer review provides you with some fantastic experiences you can take back to your teaching role.