Peer Review Service

Peer Review Service

BCIS launches a new Peer Review Service to support the development of research proposals

BCIS are pleased to announce the launch of a new service, designed to assist researchers and available without charge to all BCIS members.

 

OUR AIM:

To help BCIS members, who have developed a research proposal, to further refine this through constructive review and feedback – thus preparing researchers to navigate ‘hurdles’ such ethics committees, funding applications etc. and progress to active projects with a high likelihood of successful completion and reporting.

WHO CAN APPLY?:

This new service will be available to any current BCIS member, irrespective of their current post, or previous research experience.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU:

The peer-review service is able to provide the following:

  • Principal Review

Review, by 2-3 consultant-level clinicians or senior academics, of the research proposal. Reviewers will usually be drawn from the BCIS membership, although for specific issues where other expertise is needed, external review may sometimes be sought.

 

We aim to provide a rapid turnaround, with these responses usually fed back to the submitting member within 4 weeks.

  • Additional Specialist Review

Applicants may request additional specialist review in one or both of the following domains:

i) Patient review of the proposal– now recommended or required on many ethics/major funding body applications

ii) Specialist statistical review – in specific cases where complex statistical methods are necessary as part of the protocol and where expertise in the relevant area is not available within BCIS

The BCIS research group will seek to commission these services for selected projects that are at an advanced stage of development and that are deemed, from the main review, to be close to finalization.

Applicants not selected for immediate specialist review may re-apply as their project matures, for example after resolution of key issues raised in the principal review.

KEY GUIDING PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING THE BCIS PEER REVIEW SERVICE:

CONFIDENTIALITY – including the following working rules:

i) Proposals will only be seen by, and circulated amongst, the selected reviewers and the peer-review scheme coordinators

ii) Feedback will be provided directly via the coordinators to the submitting researcher only

iii) The option to choose anonymised (i.e. blind) review, if the submitting member prefers

KEY GUIDING PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING THE BCIS PEER REVIEW SERVICE:
CONSTRUCTIVE – hence no reason for members who are considering making a submission for peer review to feel intimidated about seeking BCIS input.

COLLEGIATE – ownership of the idea and the project will remain entirely with the submitting researcher.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

1) Please download and read the below two “Getting Started” documents.

– The first is a description of the anticipated format and content of research proposals to be submitted to BCIS for peer review. Clickon the navigation bar or here to view.

– The second is a checklist of further specific details that we will need, in order to provide the most useful research feedback possible to users of the service. Clickon the navigation bar or  here to view.

2) Once you are ready to submit for peer review, please email the research protocol, together with the completed checklist, to the email address below:
bcis@bcs.com

The BCIS Research and Development Group, January 2015