Transferable Peer Review: For Reviewers

According to a study by the Publishing Research Consortium,85% of reviewers take 30 days or less to complete a report, spending a median 5 hours (mean 9 hours) per review, and evaluate about 8 papers over 12 months.

That represents a significant time investment.

Typically, if a paper is rejected, authors submit it to a different journal and the process starts over, placing considerable burden on Authors, Editors and Reviewers.

At Wiley, if a paper is rejected, it can be transferred to another journal and the reviews travel with it. We call this transferable peer review.

How does it work?

1. Authors submit their work to one of the journals within a network, and the manuscript is evaluated as usual.

2. Reviewers have the option to suggest alternate journals from within the network if recommending rejection.

3. If the paper is rejected, the Editor may refer the submission to another journal within the network for consideration there; Editors take in to consideration suggestions by both the Authors and Reviewers about where to transfer the manuscript, but ultimately the decision rests with them.

4. Should the authors wish to take up this offer, the manuscript files and reviews are automatically transferred to the new journal.

By making previous evaluations available to the Editors, decisions can be reached more quickly, saving valuable time for authors, reviewers and editors, and significantly increasing the speed to publication for many papers.

Further information about transferable peer review is also available for Reviewers.

1 M.Ware Peer review: benefits, perceptions and alternatives(Publishing Research Consortium, London UK, 2008).

Wiley Neuroscience Network

Reviewers evaluating a paper for any of the 10 journals within the Wiley Neuroscience portfolio listed below should download the standard download the scorecard peer-review scorecard and submit it together with their usual review. Reviewers should feel free to suggest a referral to another title from within the network, if recommending rejection. If the paper is rejected, the Editor will consider the suggestion when deciding where to refer the submission. The scorecard from each reviewer travels together with the reviews when a submission is transferred to another journal.

If you experience any problems with the scorecard or need further assistance please email

Brain and Behavior
Depression and Anxiety
Developmental Neurobiology European Journal of Neuroscience
 Genes, Brain & Behavior Hippocampus
Human Brain Mapping Journal of Comparative Neurology
Journal of Neuroscience Research Synapse



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