It can be a challenge to find new reviewers, here are some tools and tips help:
- Elsevier Editorial System (EES), used by Ke Ai, offers a Scopus search field to identify reviewers. Scopus helps to determine the suitability of a reviewer using their publication and citation record, as well as details of co-authors.
- ScienceDirect offers access to full-text articles for reviewers to help them validate a review paper.
- EES assists editors in building reviewer databases and helps with the reviewer invitation process, including setting up automatic secondary reviewer invitations should a reviewer not respond within a sufficient time.
- Select reviewers conducting research in a similar area; they will be best placed to spot any shortcomings of the paper. Their interest in the topic may also mean they review the paper quicker.
- Ask editorial board members to review.
- Try not to use reviewers who have not published in the last five years.
- Contact young professors, researchers, postdoctorates or emeritus professors; they can often be some of the best reviewers.
- Ask recently published authors; they may be more likely to review.
- Mid-career professionals, and those who have not published in the journal, may not review but could refer papers to another reviewer.
- Only invite as many reviewers as you require.