- you don't necessarily need to have a PhD or other advanced degree but must have credentials to consider yourself a peer or expert in a specific subject area. Ideally, peer-reviewers have published in the subject are themselves, and have a methodological background in either quantitative or qualitative research methods
- we do encourage reviews by laypeople and patients, but you need to disclose in your review what your level of expertise and background is
- to sign up as reviewer, create an account with JMIR Publications or login with your existing account and enter your review interests as keywords in your user profile
- an editor may use our reviewer database and invite you to peer-review an article
- alternatively, if you don't want to wait until an editor contacts you, browse our Preprints database to look for manuscript requiring a review and self-assign yourself to a manuscript by clicking the "Peer-Review Me" link (see also What is open peer-review?)
Do not sign up as peer-reviewer if you have any conflicts of interest (note that we will treat any attempts by authors to sign up as reviewer under a false identity as scientific misconduct and reserve the right to promptly reject the article and inform the host institution).
We now reward completed peer-reviews (all rounds must be completed) with 90 Karma points which can be used as credits towards your own submissions (see Karma Credits - What are they and how to collect them?). In addition, you receive karma points at the time of self-assignment, and additional bonus points for nominating other reviewers as well as for excellent reviews. Conditions apply, see Karma Description for details. Note that assigning yourself as reviewer and not delivering a review will lead to negative karma points.
The standard turnaround time for reviews is currently 2 weeks, and the general aim is to give constructive feedback to the authors and/or to prevent publication of uninteresting or fatally flawed articles. Reviewers will be acknowledged by name if the article is published, but remain anonymous if the article is declined.