Quality of peer review reports submitted to a specialty psychiatry journal

Praharaj, Samir Kumar (2021) Quality of peer review reports submitted to a specialty psychiatry journal. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 58 (102599). pp. 1-6. ISSN 18762018

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Background: Though peer review is at the heart of scholarly publishing, peer review reports are not commonly investigated. We aimed to analyse the quality and structure of review reports submitted to the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine (IJPM). Methods: We systematically analysed the structure, tone, and quality of peer review reports of all original articles submitted to the journal between January 1, 2018 to May 15, 2020. Quality assessment was done using the 8- item Review Quality Instrument (RQI). Results: A total of 527 review reports from 291 original articles were analysed. More than two-thirds of review reports were provided as inline comments (n = 368, 69.8 %). Most of the review reports were not wellstructured; only a few provided a summary (n = 64, 13.2 %) or divided the comments into major and minor ones (n = 12, 2.5 %). Nearly a quarter had negative wordings (n = 117, 24.1 %) and a minority had a frankly unprofessional tone (n = 43, 8.8 %). The global rating was “poor” (n = 266, 50.5 %) or “below average” (n = 203, 38.5 %) for most reports. Conclusion: Most of the peer reviews submitted to the IJPM were not structured and obtained low scores on the RQI domains. Concerted efforts are needed to improve the quality of peer reviews and to provide training for reviewers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peer review;Review quality;Psychiatry journal;Manuscript rejection;Scientific journal;India
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2022 06:04
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2022 06:04
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/158319

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