Ethics responsibilities for peer reviewers


About this video

When you accept a request to review a manuscript, what are you actually agreeing to? Some reviewers think they have a duty to identify authors’ unethical behavior, but, is that really the case? And are there any ethics “rules” reviewers should bear in mind when wielding their red pen?

In this webinar recording, experienced publisher Dr. Jaap van Harten answers those questions. He looks at the trust placed in reviewers not to share or reuse the contents of the unpublished manuscript. He explores the obligations of reviewers to provide an honest assessment of the work and highlight potential conflicts of interest. And, he reminds researchers they should only accept a review request if they have the time – and knowledge – required.

He also examines who carries the burden of ensuring a manuscript is free of plagiarism, fraud and other ethics issues. (Clue: the good news is, it’s not the reviewer! Although you can play an important role in flagging problem submissions.) You’ll come away armed with the confidence to identify where your reviewing responsibilities lie and the skills you need to meet them effectively

About the teacher

Jaap van Harten

Executive Publisher Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Elsevier

Jaap van Harten was trained as a pharmacist at Leiden University, The Netherlands, and got a PhD in clinical pharmacology in 1988. He then joined Solvay Pharmaceuticals, where he held positions in pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacology, medical marketing, and regulatory affairs. In 2000 he moved to Excerpta Medica, Elsevier’s Medical Communications branch, where he headed the Medical Department and the Strategic Publication Planning Department.