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Junior researchers deserve credit for hidden reviews

Recognising co-reviewing could boost diversity and equality in science, says Kim Eggleton

Peer review has been at the core of scientific research for several hundred years. Although debate rages about the ‘best’ method, it is still rightly seen as essential for trust and rigour in science.

The number of article submissions, however, is growing more quickly than the pool of potential reviewers. At Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing, we have that found senior researchers are more likely to decline invitations to review: professors turn down nearly two-thirds of reviewing requests, compared with about half of people without a PhD. (We are always keen to hear from new reviewers.)

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