Volunteer to be a reviewer

Generally, reviewers are invited to conduct an evaluation with the aid of a journal editor. Editors typically pick out researchers that are professionals in the same subject area as the paper. However, if you suppose you would be a suitable reviewer for a particular journal you can continually contact one of the journal’s editors and volunteer your knowledge. Please take into account that considering that the launch of the “volunteer to review” initiative by ARK Group.

Interested candidates please contact joinasreviewer@ark-group.co with your CV.


  • are qualified to PhD level (or equivalent) or above in a relevant subject
  • are current active researchers
  • have one or more recent publications in peer-reviewed journals of comparable impact and reputation to our journals

Benefits for being a reviewer for our Ark Group include a 25% discount on all events, webinars organized by the Ark Group. We are planning to collaborate with major publishers in future to give our reviewers more recognition for their peer review contributions.

Become a Reviewer

There is no one way to become a reviewer, but there are some common routes. These include:

  • Asking a colleague who already reviews for a journal to recommend you
  • Networking with editors at professional conferences
  • Becoming a member of a learned society and then networking with other members in your area
  • Contacting journals directly to inquire if they are seeking new reviewers
  • Seeking mentorship from senior colleagues
  • Working for senior researchers who may then delegate peer review duties to you

Building Confidence

  • If you’re new to peer review and feeling unsure of yourself, don’t worry. Confidence will come with experience – but how do you get the right kind of experience?
  • It’s worth seeking out guidance from more experienced colleagues. Also, resources such as this site will help you find the best way to evaluate a manuscript and structure your feedback.
  • Gaining the support of an experienced mentor and familiarizing yourself with the process of peer review should help you build your confidence and track record.
  • If you’re just starting out as a reviewer, don’t be deterred. Journal editors are often looking to expand their pool of reviewers, which means there will be a demand for your particular area of expertise.