The ecology of peer review: Person-centred, strength-based, and self-determination perspectives


  • Kelly-Ann Allen Monash University, Australia
  • Jonathan Reardon Durham University, United Kingdom
  • Lucas Walsh Monash University, Australia
  • Lea E Waters University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Michael L. Wehmeyer University of Kansas, United States of America


peer review, strength-based, person-centred, self-determination, socio-ecological


The peer-review system, commonly considered critical for research integrity and rigour, has been criticised for being slow, exclusionary and exploitive. Concerns include the high profits of academic publishers as well as the growing number of insecurely employed academic staff who report high levels of stress and burnout. The consequence has been a decline in willing reviewers, publication delays, and potential damage to the career trajectories of early career researchers and PhD candidates at institutions that rely on metrics of academic impact as measures of academic performance. Rather than overhaul the system and undermine current benefits, this critical review adopts an ecological lens to posit an approach that is humanistic, transparent, and above all things, kind. This approach frames an applied perspective on how to improve peer-review moving forward.


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The ecology of peer review: Person-centred, strength-based, and self-determination perspectives. (2022). Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 19(5).

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