Peer reviewers

Peer reviewers comment on a draft of the protocol or full review during the peer review process. They generally provide expertise in the topic area or the review methodology. Peer reviewing often involves intensive work for short periods for a single review, then nothing for the next several weeks or months.

We use a network of peer reviewers with a range of expertise that represents the scope of our Group. Protocols and reviews which pass our pre-submission checks are sent to peer review. Our manuscripts are reviewed by content experts, consumers, methodologists and statisticians.

We are always looking to add to our pool of peer reviewers. You don't need to be an expert in systematic review methodology. We really value the input of those with lived experience of common mental disorders whether you are a patient, carer, member of the public or healthcare provider. Becoming a Cochrane peer reviewer with us is a great way to increase your research skills and engage with evidenced based decision making in our area.

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer for our Group then please email

You can also explore more about getting involved in Cochrane, including information about becoming a peer reviewer, on our join Cochrane pages

Resources for existing peer reviewers

Peer reviewer checklist for protocols

Peer reviewer checklist for reviews