Preparing For a Scientific Peer Review

scientific peer review

As a member of the scientific field, you will undoubtedly find yourself writing papers to present the research you have been working on for months, or more likely, years. Before your research will make it anywhere, you will have to get your work to pass a scientific peer review. The scientific peer review system is a control system that requires all scientific discoveries to be reviewed and assessed by expert scientists.  Further funding and publication relies on your work getting through the peer review system. These are four main topics to consider before you submit your work for peer review.

What is the hypothesis?

Arguably the most important part of any scientific document, the hypothesis presents the purpose of the research and study. Of course, after doing the research and writing a paper on the subject one would assume that the hypothesis is known and explained. The problem that many scientists run into is writing a hypothesis, and then doing research and explaining data that ultimately proves an entirely different hypothesis. It’s important to make sure that your hypothesis and research match in the end.

Does Your Paper Accurately Reflect Purpose/Results/Conclusion?

Beyond the hypothesis, it’s important to make sure that the rest of your paper correctly and authentically presents the work that you’ve done. Be sure to provide the background information and rationale behind the hypothesis you set out to prove. One of the best pieces of advices is to be as detailed as possible in your work. Prove that your methods address the purpose and that your experimental design was a rational choice. Be prepared to accurately defend any and every portion of your research process and the conclusions you’ve drawn.

Check Copyrights and Clearances

It’s likely that the work you are presenting is going to reference the work of others. It’s important to make sure that all clearances and official permissions are obtained before submitting your work. If you are submitting a paper for publication, and it is accepted, you must make sure that you already have written permission from the copyright holders. At the point of submission, it will be assumed that you have received all proper permissions. Failure to do so will likely result in legal action.


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