Peer Review to Ensure Quality in Forensic Mental Health Publication

Alan R. Felthous1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Pittsburgh),
Robert M. Wettstein11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Pittsburgh)
Peer reviewers have been called the gatekeepers of science. For journal publications in forensic psychiatry, as well as other disciplines, the purposes of peer review are to assist in the selection of manuscripts to publish, improve the quality of manuscripts before their publication, and promote the fairness of the process. In this article, we examine, in particular, characteristics of high-quality peer reviewers, selection of peer reviewers, recruitment and retention of peer reviewers, desired quality of peer-reviewer ratings, and the value of peer review. We conclude with specific, albeit largely untested, recommendations for improvements in peer review of forensic mental health publications. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 42:305–14, 2014
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