PLOS Peer Review Toolkit
Getting Invited to Review
In the last issue we shared five quick and easy ways to start raising your peer review profile. Today, we’ll look at strategies that require a bit more time and attention, but can benefit your career for years to come.
"Endeavor to be what you desire to appear." — Socrates
Hone your skills
Join (or start!) a journal club at your university or institution. It’s a great way to get practice evaluating research with your peers, and you can add journal club presentations to your CV.
Keep up-to-date
Stay abreast of the literature in your field by reading journals, or subscribing eTOC alerts or RSS feeds. As you read, think about how you would evaluate each article if you were reviewing. See our issue on Reading like a Reviewer for specific guidelines.
Show what you can do
Get involved in open peer review (e.g., F1000 Research), join preprint discussions on bioRxiv or PREreview, or add post-publication article comments on journal websites.
➞ PLUS: Remember how we recommended Twitter in the previous issue? When you post your public review or comment, tweet about it. Tag us @PLOSECR and we’ll re-tweet to our >21k followers!
Ask an editor
It may feel presumptuous--and we’re not suggesting you blast your resume to an entire editorial board--but if you read an article you respect, consider writing to the editor to let them know, and volunteer your expertise for the future. They’ll be grateful for the help!
Apply to present
Giving poster presentations or participating in panels at conferences allows you to start getting to know others in your field. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and network with journal editors. Many conferences offer waivers for presenters or scholarships for young researchers.
➞ Read the complete guide to Getting Started in Peer Review on the PLOS Reviewer Center.
Finally, keep up the good work
One of the most common ways that editors find reviewers? Research article authorship and citations. Keep conducting research and sharing you results, and review invitations will come.

We know publication is sometimes easier said than done. Look out for our next series on successful submissions, coming up in the Spring!
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