All BJPsych journals have general guidelines when constructing a review. Please consider the following.
- Please number your comments consecutively.
- Please do not include a recommendation for publication in your comments to authors.
- Review supplemental files by navigating from the 'Proofs' tab to the 'Files' tab.
- Please check authors have followed the registered protocol for RCTs and systematic reviews, noting unexplained changes.
- Please note that one-line reviews do not help the editor to reach informed decisions.
- If you find the manuscript is difficult to review in detail because of major flaws or poor writing, please offer brief comments to enable us to respond to the authors quickly.
BJPsych has key points to consider when writing a review:
- Is the manuscript accessible to practitioners and researchers, written in clear, concise English for an international readership?
- Does the manuscript address a clear, important research question?
- Is a clear finding identified, which is original and a significant advance on existing knowledge?
- Does the manuscript provide new insights and opportunities for treatment and prevention in clinical practice and/or impact on policy?
- Is the methodology sound and is the discussion and interpretation appropriate for the data?
- Are there elements of the manuscript that could be omitted or added, such as tables or figures or specific text?
BJPsych Advances peer review resources
BJPsych Advances has a number of articles to aide peer review. All links below are free to read and listen.
- 'Peer reviewing made easy' by Neel Halder, Rosalind Ramsay, Peter Tyrer, Patricia Casey
- 'Peer reviewing made easier: all your questions answered' by Neel Halder, Rosalind Ramsay, Peter Tyrer, Patricia Casey, August 2020
- 'Open versus blind peer review: is anonimity better than transparency?' by Natalie Shoham, Alexandra Pitman
- BJPsych Advances Podcast: Peer reviewing made easy
Useful external resources for peer reviewers
There are a number of resources available for peer reviewers online for free. Below we have highlighted a list of useful resources our peer reviewers might be interested in.
- Committee of Publication Ethics Peer Review Processes
- Media Bias Fact Check (we recommend using this tool when reviewing opinion pieces for the journal)
- Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
- Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
- Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: PRISMA checklist
- Top Tips for Peer Reviewers
- RCTs: CONSORT guidelines (1996, Journal of the American Medical Association, 276, 637-639)
- Cluster RCTs (2004, BMJ, 328, 702-708)