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Peer Review for Beginners

Children's Hospital Boston's Roy Peake shares peer review tips for beginners in Clinical Chemistry this week. "There is a lack of clear guidance in approaching the reviewing process practically, and young scientists may find it difficult to deliver a concise, balanced review within an acceptable time frame," Peake says. After covering the basics, Peake goes on to say that "novice reviewers should seek advice from their peers and mentors," though he adds that, in the end, "the skills required for reviewing are seldom taught; rather, they are gained with experience." Overall, he emphasizes taking a consistent approach and adhering to editors' deadlines.