Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 825–828 | Cite as

The Principles of Fair Allocation of Peer-Review: How Much Should a Researcher be Expected to Contribute?

  • José G. B. DerraikEmail author


There seems to be reluctance amongst scientists to invest some of their own time in the peer-review of manuscripts. As a result, journal editors often struggle to secure reviewers for a given manuscript in a timely manner. Here, two simple principles are proposed, which could fairly allocate the contribution of individual researchers to the peer-review process.


Peer-review Science Guidelines Research 



I thank Dr Benjamin Albert (Liggins Institute, University of Auckland) for his very insightful comments and peer-review of this manuscript.

Conflict of interest

The author has no financial conflicts of interest to disclose, except that he is in the editorial board of a scientific journal.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Liggins InstituteUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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