Boon, Bias or Bane - How peer reviewer recommendations effect editor's decisions
I have co-authored a paper with a dream team of peer review experts, published in European Science Editing. Boon, bias or bane? The potential influence of reviewer recommendations on editorial decision-making addresses the topic of reviewers suggesting a decision as a recommendation alongside their peer review report. We consider whether the range of effects this could have on the editorial process, whether it is appropriate for reviewers to make these recommendations, or if an overall decision label should be left to the judgement of the Editor alone.
Transparency and accountability are becoming increasingly well-recognised as important underpinnings of reliable and trustworthy science. This recommendation stage of the review process is somewhat obscure, inconsistent, and has not been properly investigated before. Drawing attention to this aspect of the peer review process and clarifying responsibilities is important for the integrity of the reviewing process; and may help journals establish clearer guidance and a fairer experience for authors and editors. Tenant J, et al. Boon, bias or bane? The potential influence of reviewer recommendations on editorial decision-making. European Science Editing 45(1); 2-5. DOI: 10.20316/ese.2019.45.18013