Grow Your Professional Skills: Become a Peer Reviewer for a Journal (202)

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Thursday, September 15

Serving as a peer reviewer for a journal is an opportunity to serve your professional specialty, advance your knowledge and skills as a writer, and experience professional growth. Additionally, serving as a journal reviewer is recognized in performance reviews and can contribute to professional advancement on a clinical ladder. Peer reviewing is rewarding as you guide authors to improve their manuscripts and contribute to steering nursing science and practice.

Peer review strengthens the science that guides our profession. A strong peer review process is essential to assuring the publication of quality evidence.1 Pediatric hematology/oncology nursing journals, including the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing, welcome nurses who volunteer to serve as peer reviewers. Nurses wonder how to become a reviewer and often question their own qualifications to serve in this role. Conducting a peer review is a skill that can be learned by all nurses through education, experience, and mentorship. This presentation will use interactive games, discussions, and manuscript examples to develop nurses’ knowledge and skills to conduct a peer review of a professional manuscript. Considerations for deciding to be a reviewer, the ethics surrounding reviewing, and how to become a reviewer will be discussed.2,3 Guidelines for the review of different types of manuscripts will be provided. The types of recommendations (e.g., accept, minor revisions, major revisions) that reviewers provide to editors regarding a manuscript will be discussed, and resources for reviewing will be provided. Following this presentation, attendees may choose to become a reviewer for JOPHON or other journals and request JOPHON reviewer mentorship.