Peer review at IOP Publishing
At IOP Publishing we believe that peer review is the backbone of robust and trustworthy
research. Delivering a reliable and constructive peer review process sits at the heart of our
service. We always look for ways to improve the publishing experience for authors and
reviewers and have been recognised for our efforts by winning the ALPSP Impact Award.
We offer different models of peer review on our journals:
By the end of 2021, we introduced double-anonymous peer review for all of our owned journals, making us the first physics publisher to adopt the approach portfolio-wide.
Double-anonymous peer review – where the reviewer and author identities are concealed – has the potential to reduce bias with respect to gender, race, country of origin or affiliation which should lead to a more equitable system.
Transparent peer review
Transparent peer review shows the complete peer review process from initial review to final decision when both authors and reviewers opt-in. This means that alongside the published article, readers can see a full peer review history, including reviewer reports, editorial decision letters and the authors’ responses.
IOP Publishing has moved all its open access (OA) journals to transparent peer review, making it the first physics publisher to adopt the approach portfolio-wide. We plan to offer transparent peer review on all our proprietary journals by the end of 2024.
Reviewers are anonymous to authors, but author identities are visible to reviewers. We prefer authors to submit their work double-anonymous as it helps to eliminate bias.
Creating an inclusive and collaborative environment for all reviewers. Available across all of our owned journals, co-reviews enable early career researchers to receive guidance and recognition, as well as provide experienced reviewers with the opportunity to assist aspiring researchers.