Chapter 1: Introduction to how to conduct an effective peer review
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Chapter 1 provides a foundation for understanding peer review and offers a framework for the remainder of the book. It begins with identifying the purpose of peer review and why it is important to the academy. The chapter then highlights the primary criticism of the process which is the limited number of competent people available to review due in part to gender, country of origin, and career stage inequalities, which are briefly discussed. Next, the demand and need for peer review training is considered as well as the fact that most reviewers have never received any training in how to do peer review. The section ends with a brief outline of each of the remaining chapters in the book and our journey to writing this book.