Best Practices in Peer Review (Infographic)
November 2022

Based on feedback from the Review Quality Assurance (RQA) processFootnote *, here are some helpful tips from CIHR on how to prepare for peer review committee meetings:

  1. Review your comments and prepare high-level notes for assigned applications
    Your notes should identify factors most relevant to the rating. This proactive step allows you to deliver an engaging and succinct presentation (i.e. avoid reading reviews verbatim).
  2. Reflect on the ways in which bias can influence reviews
    Take CIHR's Bias in Peer Review online training module and review your comments for possible bias that may contribute to inequities.
  3. Allocate sufficient time to complete and submit your reviews
    Follow peer review process timelines so committee members can reflect on your scores/scientific opinion prior to the meeting. This also allows CIHR staff to create a well-defined agenda in advance of the meeting and streamlined list.
  4. Familiarize yourself with other reviewers' scores and written comments for assigned applications
    Pay particular attention to those with a wide divergence in scores.
  5. Prepare your presentation to align with your allotted time
    Primary reviewer: 5 minutes; Secondary reviewers: 2-3 minutes. By following the allotted time, the scheduled times for external reviewers to join the meeting can be respected.
  6. Plan to be in attendance for the duration of the meeting
    Advise CIHR staff as soon as possible if you are unable to attend the entire meeting.
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