Being a peer reviewer

What does a Peer Reviewer Do?
Peer reviewers play a key role in maintaining the quality of CIM Journal, thereby helping the Institute achieve its primary goal: to facilitate the sharing of superior technical information. Their job is to measure the superiority and soundness of another author’s work by offering constructive criticism and suggestions for improvements.

You don’t need to be an expert in the technical fields featured in the paper you are reviewing, but you must be sufficiently competent in the relevant technical field to feel comfortable doing the review. The peer reviewer job is anonymous and typically, only takes a few hours. It can be completed over the course of two months.

Why Become a Peer Reviewer?

  • Fulfilling a sense of duty to the scientific community and their own area of concentration.
  • Establishing their expertise in and knowledge of the field.
  • Increasing their reputation and exposure in the field.
  • Keeping up to date and informed of their discipline’s works.
  • Having access to the very latest research and discoveries in the field prior to colleagues.
  • Learning about their discipline as well as exercise the critical thinking skills essential to the practice of science.
  • Maintaining the reliability of the journal by detecting unsound research, as well as helping to maintain the high quality standards of the journal

How do you Become a Peer Reviewer?

If you haven’t been asked to become a peer reviewer but would like to participate, email to inquire about becoming a peer reviewer.

The review chairman will record your contact information (your name, company, technical specialty, email and telephone number) in order to set you up as a peer reviewer in the CIM Journal online system.  You will receive an email from CIM informing you that this has happened, and giving you your username and password for accessing the online system.

When your review chairman assigns a paper to you for peer review, you will receive an email from CIM with the title of the paper and a reminder that you have two months in which to complete your review.

Your review involves completing an annotated copy of the paper--showing your detailed comments--and a completed review form with your general comments and recommendations.