Rubriq provides high-quality, expert peer review of academic manuscripts in two weeks. By industry standards, our reviews are returned very quickly, but providing quality peer review is always our number one priority. Ensuring quality peer review is dependent on finding the right experts to review each manuscript we receive. Therefore, we make sure that each manuscript is reviewed by researchers who have the expertise to critically review the research topic, study design, methodology, and data.
Who is qualified to be a Rubriq Reviewer?
Rubriq Reviewers are the same academic reviewers that journals use for their peer reviews. They are required to have strong publication records and significant peer-review experience. Our reviewers must have completed a doctoral-level degree at an accredited university (or hold a tenure-track professorship) and must be actively publishing postdoctoral or faculty-level researchers at top research universities or institutes from around the world.
How are peer reviewers selected, vetted, and invited to review a manuscript for Rubriq?
Rubriq peer reviewers are carefully selected and vetted by Peer Review Coordinators (PRCs) before they are invited to review manuscripts. Rubriq’s PRCs are PhD-level scientists who graduated from top US universities (Duke University, John’s Hopkins University, and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Most PRCs have 3-5 years of postdoctoral experience and have published multiple first-author papers.
There are two ways that researchers can be invited to review a manuscript for Rubriq:
- When we receive a manuscript to review, we search our existing reviewer database for reviewers who have the right expertise to review a manuscript. All reviewers in the database were vetted thoroughly for their qualifications, publication records, and current research positions (see above qualifications for being a Rubriq reviewer). If reviewers have decided to use a user-generated email address (Gmail, for example) rather than an institutional email address for correspondence with us, then they must provide additional proof of identification (such as a picture of their institutional ID) before they are incorporated into our database. If we have appropriate experts among our current reviewers, we invite those reviewers to review the manuscript.
- When we do not have well-matched reviewers among our existing reviewer database, our team searches the current literature in that field to identify researchers with the expertise and qualifications to review the manuscript. Researchers with the right qualifications are sent a personal invitation to review the manuscript, and those who agree to review become Rubriq reviewers are added to the reviewer database and can be invited for future reviews. Many researchers we invite to review manuscripts are willing to provide suggestions for other potential reviewers. Those suggested reviewers are also vetted thoroughly before we invite them to review a manuscript.
Regardless of how we identify a potential reviewer for a manuscript, PRCs ensure that there are no apparent conflicts of interest (such as co-authorships) with the authors of the manuscript before inviting researchers to review the manuscript.
Who are Rubriq’s current reviewers?
To-date, Rubriq has over 3,400 reviewers from all over the world in our reviewer database. The majority of our reviewers (83%) are academics and clinicians from the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe.
More than half of our reviewers (62%) are tenure-track faculty or clinicians, and 32% are postdoctoral fellows or research associates. Almost half (49%) of current Rubriq reviewers are tenure-track professors and clinicians from the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe.
Rubriq reviewers hold faculty positions at some of the top universities in the world and serve as academic editors or editors-in-chief for well-known journals. In Part 2 of this series we will break down what institutions and universities our reviewers are working in, so stay tuned!
Cynthia Nagle, Phd