faq for peer reviewers

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your interest in reviewing an unpublished manuscript with Research Square. We coordinate peer reviews for fully open access journals that are distributed by leading publishers, such as SpringerNature. All of the journals we service are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. Your review may help other researchers to publish their work in one of these journals.

Our review process is designed to recognize reviewers for their contributions to the literature and to improve the speed of peer review. We pay a small honorarium for each review completed, and we aim to return reviewer comments to the authors of each manuscript within days. Most of our reviewers (>70%) provide positive feedback after participating in our review process; we’ve displayed several of their comments below.

We welcome your questions about our process! This page addresses the questions that we receive most often. If your question is not covered here, please contact us at [email protected] or reach out to the Peer Review Coordinator who invited you to review a manuscript.

Thank you very much for serving the scholarly community as a reviewer!



Michele Avissar-Whiting, PhD

Operations Director

General questions

How does this review process work?

What problems does this review process address?

What is Research Square?


Responding to our review request

I am not able to complete the review within 4-5 days. Can I have more time?

Can I recommend a colleague who can perform this review?

Can you remove my name from your database?


Completing your peer review

What types of comments should I include in my review?

Can I save my responses in the form and come back to it later?

Can I attach a marked-up copy of the manuscript to my review?

What do I do if I have problems accessing the online review form?


Receiving your payment

When will I receive my honorarium?

I don’t have PayPal. Can I receive my honorarium in some other way?

Can I donate my honorarium?

Can I receive more than $50 to complete a review?


Other questions

What journal is the review for?

Why do you pay for reviews?

How is this peer review process financed?

Do authors pay for these reviews?

I’d like to serve as a peer reviewer. Can you add me to your database?

Can you find reviewers for my manuscript?

What happens to my review after I complete it?

Will my name be published with my review?

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"This is a novel approach to the peer-review process because reviewers are compensated for their time. I get countless requests daily and having my time valued is very important."

B. N. K.

Peer Reviewer, Canada

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