Becoming a Reviewer for Journals
Serving as a peer reviewer on manuscripts is part of the service an investigator is expected to do.

First, decide on a journal or two for which you'd be qualified to review manuscripts. Journals in which you've published are good candidates.
  1. Contact the Journal Editor or Associate Editors with a request to be considered. Include your CV so they can see the type of articles you've written and the journals in which you've published.
  2. Talk with former advisors and current or former mentors about recommending papers to you for review. They may be willing to suggest you as a possible reviewer on papers they've been requested to review, or may know journal editors or associate editors personally and be willing to suggest you for future reviews.
  3. Network with these people when you see them at meetings. Be sure to introduce yourself, talk about your research and how it fits with their journal, and volunteer your willingness to review for them.
  4. Continue to publish good work in the best journals. It will bring you to the attention of the editors and associate editors so that they will think of you as a potential reviewer.

Before you know it, you will be on the list of reviewers for one or more journals. However, be sure to be prompt and thoughtful in your reviews, or you will find yourself off the list in a hurry.

See below for resources on being a journal reviewers (APS does not endorse or assume responsibility for the information posted on these web sites).

Resources from LifeSciTRC