Peer Review to Ensure Quality in Forensic Mental Health Publication

Alan R. Felthous1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Pittsburgh),
Robert M. Wettstein10
Estimated H-index: 10
(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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Roger C.M. Ho32
Estimated H-index: 32
(NUS: National University of Singapore),
Kk Mak19
Estimated H-index: 19
(HKU: University of Hong Kong)
+ 3 AuthorsFang Pan9
Estimated H-index: 9
(SDU: Shandong University)
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Christopher Baethge23
Estimated H-index: 23
(University of Cologne),
Jeremy Franklin35
Estimated H-index: 35
(University of Cologne),
Stephan Mertens3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Wolfgang Stroebe63
Estimated H-index: 63
(UG: University of Groningen),
Tom Postmes53
Estimated H-index: 53
(UG: University of Groningen),
Russell Spears70
Estimated H-index: 70
(UG: University of Groningen)
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Jeffrey L. Jackson51
Estimated H-index: 51
Malathi Srinivasan17
Estimated H-index: 17
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis)
+ 2 AuthorsRichard L. Kravitz63
Estimated H-index: 63
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis)
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Published on Jun 1, 2011in Western Journal of Nursing Research1.46
Molly C. Dougherty24
Estimated H-index: 24
(UNC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill),
Margaret Comerford Freda20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Yeshiva University)
+ 2 AuthorsMarion E. Broome32
Estimated H-index: 32
(IU: Indiana University Bloomington)
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Victoria S.S. Wong3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis)
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John C. Bailar1
Estimated H-index: 1
Kay Patterson1
Estimated H-index: 1
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James Testa2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Thomson Reuters)
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Liza H. Gold6
Estimated H-index: 6
Stuart A. Anfang5
Estimated H-index: 5
+ 5 AuthorsHoward Zonana14
Estimated H-index: 14
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Douglas Mossman24
Estimated H-index: 24
Stephen Noffsinger6
Estimated H-index: 6
+ 9 AuthorsKarl G. Sieg1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Melanie Chichester4
Estimated H-index: 4
Jesse Wool
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Hal S. Wortzel13
Estimated H-index: 13
Robert P. Granacher9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Michael A. Norko9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Yale University)
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