Early career researchers tell us that it can be hard to know where to begin when you first start reviewing. Many publishers and organizations are now offering webinars, or resources to give reviewers some key pointers. There are some great resources available including our own reviewer resource center and the Nuts and Bolts of Peer Review from Sense About Science who also run workshops for early career researchers to support them in finding out how peer review works, the challenges for peer review, and how to get involved.
To help the public make sense of science stories in the news, Sense About Science has produced a guide called I don’t know what to believe. It explains how scientists present and judge research and how you can ask questions of the scientific information presented to you. The guide encourages researchers to share the question "Is it peer reviewed?" with the public. It's a great first question to ask to assess scientific claims in the media.
Over the past 6 months we’ve been regularly featuring advice and discussion on peer review and these have been among our most read posts. Your particularly favorites have been: