Peer Review
A peer review study section (Image Courtesy of NIH)

The scientific community relies on rigorous, high-quality peer review to allocate federal resources to the research projects that are most meritorious. Each federal agency establishes methods to guide the peer review process and facilitate accurate and consistent evaluation of proposals. The methods used are of critical importance and as policies and procedures evolve over time the APS seeks to provide feedback and analysis on the functionality of the peer review process.

Peer Review News and Updates

Peer Review 101 Handout

Practical tips for trainees, junior faculty, and mentors to build experience as a reviewer. (PDF)

Peer Review Resources

A curated list of resources on developing peer review skills and understanding peer review policies.

National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Guidance

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Merit Review Portal, offering guidance, explanations, and resources on the NSF merit review process.

Science Board Revisits NSF Merit Review Criteria

On January 10, 2012, the National Science Board (NSF) released recommendations on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Merit Review Criteria. The Board made no changes to the criteria themselves but told NSF to provide definitions articulating the essential elements of the criteria.