Objectives: The peer review process is an essential component of journal article submission. When librarians participate as part of the research team, it's likely they will be asked to respond to peer reviewers’ comments when the manuscript is submitted to a journal. This paper describes the process, challenges and the lessons learned when a librarian must respond to peer reviewers' comments.
Methods: Peer review is important for selecting quality articles for publication, improving the article for publication and for assessing the scientific merit of the article methodology. Often, even though the peer reviewers are not librarians, they will provide commentary on the execution of the search strategy and search methods and ask for justification for the librarians’ choice of search methods. This paper will provide a case study of one librarian’s experience of how non librarian peer reviewers critique manuscript submissions and how the librarian responded to reviewers’ questions. Examples of the specific questions asked and how the librarian responded will be discussed. Key recurring themes of common questions regarding a librarian’s choice of search methods will also be identified. Strategies and suggestions on how to respond to peer reviewers’ comments will also be addressed.
Results: Results will be shared at the presentation
Keywords: Systematic reviews
Librarians as co-authors
Reference and Research Librarian
CAMH Library Services
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sarah Bonato is a health science librarian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON and is a graduate of the MIS program at the University of Toronto. At the CAMH Library her professional activities include research, systematic review/scoping review searching, instruction, search coaching, collection development and writing for the CAMH Library blog — but her favorite activity is to introduce students to the gentile art of searching. She has also been listed as the co-author of systematic reviews/guidelines in the subject area of behavioral health and has taught MLA certified courses on grey literature.
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