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Peer Review Policies and Practices

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What's New in Peer Review

  • NIH Implementation of the Final Rule on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule) (Jan. 2, 2019) Read More
  • NIH & ARHQ Announce Upcoming Updates to Application Instructions and Review Criteria for Fellowship Award Applications (Sept. 14, 2018) Read More
  • NIH & ARHQ Announce Upcoming Updates to Application Instructions and Review Criteria for Research Grants Applications (Sept. 14, 2018) Read More
  • NIH & ARHQ Announce Upcoming Updates to Application Instructions and Review Criteria for Career Development Award Applications (Sept. 14, 2018) Read More
  • Revision: NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Individuals Across the Lifespan as Participants in Research Involving Human Subjects. (Dec. 19, 2017) Read More
  • Revision: The NIH Announces Additional Review Criteria for Career Development Award Applications Involving Clinical Trials. (Dec. 1, 2017) Read More
See the What’s New in Peer Review page for previous changes in peer review.

For Reviewers

Information for reviewers:  Find pre-meeting, meeting and post-meeting activities on our ‘Information for Reviewers’ website.  The site includes key information such as reviewer guidelines, policy documents, step-by-step instructions for using the Internet Assisted Review (IAR) system. In addition, critique templates are located on the website; reviewers must check with their Scientific Review Officer on which template to use. 

Law, Regulations and Policies

Peer review regulations provide the underpinning of peer review policies.  For Peer Review policies, see the section for:
 

Confidentiality

Conflict of Interest

Rigor

Human Subjects

Inclusion

Stem Cells

Vertebrate Animals

Budget

Scoring

Appeals


Note: Other guidelines can be found on the Consolidated List of Reviewer Documents webpage