Half of early-career researchers say they’d participated in the peer review process with their mentors without getting credit,according to a survey of nearly 500 early-career biomedical science researchers.

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I am an economist but mostly publish in non-econ journals. I assistant edit for one journal. I do not know what anyone means by “credit” for peer reviewing. It’s very often anonymous, single or double blinded. And having a reputation as a “good reviewer” with a journal editor does not advantage your own work at all. There are those score keepers like Publons, I suppose. But other than bragging rights, what is the value? Ghost writing is obnoxious.


I mean.. If you wanna go down that road, there’s technicians who produce figures that get published, undergrads and master students who do the systematic work, employees at university analytical facilities that do whole experiments for a paper, etc, and often times none of the above get credit. And in my book, that’s a bigger deal than contributing to peer reviewing which itself is virtually anonymous. Academia is like any other field, it’s not perfect. You sometimes have to fight for your place on the map, and sometimes you don’t have a position of power to do so. What are we gonna do? Fix humans?


I thought that was pretty standard. Along with grad students doing the lions share of their PhD mentors work for them without credit…


I don’t understand what the point of this is. My mentor regularly has me co-review high impact papers related to my research, and we discuss why my criticisms are valid/invalid, the shortcomings of the paper, etc. this is a valuable learning experience and frankly I’m very grateful that he takes the time to involve me in this process. There’s no further “credit” needed, it’s just part of an education as a scientist.


As a young geologist I was in thankful to be included in geological field studies in remote areas and to work with specimens back in the lab. I wasn’t ‘driving the bus’. I was just happen to be on it. Later I was given the wheel (ultimate responsibility).