We have a great opportunity for you to get involved in Physiopedia. Peer review is a vital part of ensuring that Physiopedia contains the latest up to date information, and we are looking for volunteers to join our peer review team. Peer reviewers are constantly updating our content to ensure it represents the very latest in current thinking. If you have expertise in a specific area of physiotherapy and would like to contribute to a worldwide physiotherapy knowledge resource then this could be for you.
Why is peer review important?
Peer review is vital to ensure the quality of information within Physiopedia. We want Physiopedia users across the world to know that they are accessing the very best information which they can use to inform their practice. Physiopedia is constantly expanding and developing resources in conjunction with experts and peer reviewers.
What will I gain from being peer reviewer?
The benefits of becoming a peer reviewer are many:
- Contributing to the profession – Peer reviewers have the satisfaction that they are contributing their expert knowledge to this community resource and thereby contributing to the profession of Physiotherapy.
- Personal development – volunteering as a peer reviewer provides a great opportunity for personal development, requiring skills in communication, effective use of technology, clinical writing, research interpretation and reviewing skills as well as being a great addition to your CV or CPD.
- Raised profile – All peer reviewers have an online professional profile which allows them to showcase their clinical expertise and qualifications.
That all sounds great – what will the process involve for me?
The peer review system is very straight forward; once you have completed the registration process, simply choose the page you wish to review, let the review team manager know which page you are reviewing and then make the updates to the page as you feel necessary. Full guidelines to the review process are here. Physiopedia provide a number of review templates to help you with the process and guidance on the editing. Physiopedia may also contact you periodically with links to pages that you may wish to review. Being a peer reviewer can take as much or as little time as you like, depending on how many pages you review. All new volunteers should allow a few hours to complete the registration and induction process which guides you through creating your profile and helps you gets to grips with the computing skills required.
I would love to join the Peer Review Team – what next?
Katherine Knight – Peer Review Team Manager