Around the globe, over 100 million hours were devoted to peer reviews of scientific articles in 2020!1 That’s an incredible amount of time, and it’s often set forth without proper attention and irrespective of timelines. If you’ve ever thought it might be nice to be compensated for your efforts, check out this article from the Lancet, which considers the idea of providing modest payment for peer reviews in scientific journals.

Should further consideration be given to compensation for peer reviews? What would that change about your role as a medical affairs professional? Read the full proposal here and let us know where you stand.


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  1. Cheah, P. Y., & Piasecki, J. (2022). Should peer reviewers be paid to review academic papers? The Lancet, 399(10335), 1601.