Reading and Reviewing

Been asked to do a peer review? This is why you should say YES!

Been asked to perform peer review for a journal? Turn it into a career opportunity!  Let’s find out why doing peer reviews is great for your career.  Imagine you’ve received an invitation to review a paper from a leading journal. Or put another way, imagine that your boss has asked you to comment on a document she put together.  One of the key takeaways …

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What is ‘risk of bias’ in a systematic review?

The last time you read a systematic literature review, you may have seen a graph that looked like traffic lights. The “traffic lights” graph in a systematic review report shows the risk of bias for each study that was reviewed. Bias is a systematic error that can lead to the wrong outcomes and conclusions. The …

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Why reading is the ‘secret’ writing skill

Editors, reviewers, and other readers of your work have expectations for where they will find your information. If what they are looking for is not where it is supposed to be, they may stop reading. Hence, you need to know how journal articles are usually presented. Reading other researchers’ articles allows you to see the …

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How existing studies can help you build a good research question

Building on existing studies Editors and reviewers will assess how your study fits in with the current literature. They will also check:  if your research question is an important one  if your findings are useful, and  if your research is ethical When formulating your research question, remember the handy criteria FINER (Hulley et al., 2007) …

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