This week marks the 7th annual Peer Review Week (September 20 – 24), an annual global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality.

Peer Review Week 2021 is dedicated to the theme of “identity”, highlighting the role of personal and social identity in peer review and ways the scholarly community can foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive peer review practices.

ACS Publications would like to thank all our peer reviewers. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to ensuring the highest scientific standards associated with ACS journals.

Here’s what’s going on during Peer Review Week 2021:

Attend an ACS on Campus webinar

Celebrate Peer Review Week with ACS on Campus! Join Inorganic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief William B. Tolman on September 21to learn about the best (and worst!) practices for peer review in your publishing process. All researchers of the sciences, not just chemistry, are encouraged to sign up for this free webinar!

Find out more information and register for free

Suggest reviewers to improve your manuscript

In this Journal of Physical Chemistry C editorial, Anastassia N. Alexandrova and Gregory V. Hartland provide tips for suggesting reviewers that will help you get constructive comments to improve the scientific content and impact of your manuscript.

Read the full editorial

Learn more about peer review with ACS Author University

Learn more about the peer review process in these expert videos. ACS editors share advice on how to be a reviewer and tips for reviewing, including how to structure a review and typical reviewing criteria.

Watch the Videos

Sign up for ACS Reviewer Lab

ACS Reviewer Lab is a free online course created to help educate researchers on the fundamentals of scholarly peer review.

Whether you are new to peer review, looking to sharpen your skills, or actively mentoring the next generation of reviewers, ACS Reviewer Lab is a great resource.

Take the Course Today

Get ACS Reviewer Credit

ACS Reviewer Credit allows reviewers to receive credit for their hard work and contributions to the peer review process through a collaboration with ORCID.

Reviewers are able to receive one credit on their ORCID account for all review activity associated with each manuscript reviewed for a given journal.

Learn More

Track and manage reviews with the ACS Publishing Center

The ACS Publishing Center is the centralized hub for authors and reviewers to prepare and track their submitted manuscripts. Customized to the individual researcher, it allows you to view the status of your submitted work and any manuscripts you may be reviewing.

Visit the ACS Publishing Center

Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR)

ACS Publications is committed to making peer review equitable and inclusive for everyone. Over the past year, we have taken several steps to advance DEIR in our journals – many of which we continue to progress.

Learn more about ACS Publications’ DEIR efforts and resources.

As an essential first step to understanding our position and identifying areas where we need to improve representation, this year we began to collect self-reported demographic data from authors, reviewers, editors, and advisors. We are pleased to share some preliminary results from that survey, below. As we continue to gather and analyze data from our community, we will share more information on trends and areas for us to increase the diversity of all contributors to our journals, including our collective group of peer reviewers.

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