Peer Review for Publications: A Guide for Reviewers

  • Debra NestelEmail author
  • Kevin Kunkler
  • Mark W. Scerbo


In this chapter, we offer guidance on the processes of peer review for scholarly publications. We explore the purpose of peer review and summarise approaches from healthcare simulation journals. We position the role of reviewer as one of privilege and responsibility. We illustrate reviewer reports and set expectations for approaches to author responses. Although the chapter is written for reviewers it has relevance for anyone involved in the reviewing process.


Reviewer Peer review Open-peer review Single-blind peer review Double-blind peer review Conflict of interest 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monash Institute for Health and Clinical EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Austin Hospital, Department of Surgery, Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health SciencesUniversity of MelbourneHeidelbergAustralia
  3. 3.School of Medicine – Medical EducationTexas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science CenterFort WorthUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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