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Welcome to the PLOS Reviewer Center

Everything you need to write a peer review right now

A collection of free training and resources for peer reviewers of PLOS journals—and for the peer review community at large, drawn from research and interviews with staff editors, editorial board members, and experienced reviewers.


Start here: How to peer review

Learn the basics of peer review and get helpful tips for handling reviewer tasks, from accepting a review invitation to completing your review.


The PLOS Peer Review Toolbox

Your source for peer review best practice and practical tips to build your scientific skillset. Learn how to increase your chances of being invited to review, find out what editors are looking for, and build your skills to take on new frontiers like commenting on preprints.

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Access video, templates, checklists and other customized tools for reviewers.

Peer Review Checklist

Working on a peer review? Keep this checklist handy as you go through each step. Want a printable version of this checklist?Download…

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Peer Review Template

Save or print this guideDownload PDF Think about structuring your reviewer report like an upside-down pyramid. The most important information goes at…

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Ethics for Peer Reviewers

As a reviewer, you have a crucial role in supporting research integrity in the peer review and publishing process. This guide outlines…

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Peer Review Data

A Reviewer’s Quick Guide to Assessing Open Datasets There is a growing appreciation of the importance of data storage, maintenance and sharing…

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Open Peer Review

What is Open Peer Review, and how is it different from other review models? Why is Open Peer Review Important? Open Peer…

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