The purpose of peer review is to provide a constructive critique of a research proposal. There are two reasons for which you might you request this. First, to seek support of IPOS (e.g. the Research Committee, Federation of National Societies, IPOS HQ) in advertising and recruiting for your research. Second, you may find this beneficial in advance of submission for external funding to:
You can request an IPOS peer review if two or more members of your proposed research team are current IPOS members.
Priority will be given to international studies. These are defined as studies which either: (i) involve a collaborative team of researchers from more than one country, or (ii) aims to recruit participants from more than one country.
We do not review PhD study proposals.
Please request IPOS peer review by emailing the Chair of the IPOS research committee. At the current time, this is Dr Jo Shaw. Please use the subject heading: IPOS Peer Review. In this email please provide the following information:
You will be notified within five (5) working days if you are eligible for peer review. While we will do our best to provide timely review, please note that the peer review process is organised and conducted voluntarily by members of IPOS. Hence, we may not be able to guarantee a peer review in time for your application. To increase the chances of a peer review, then please request it at least four (4) weeks before the funding submission deadline.
Where you are seeking review so that you can then use other IPOS resources to advertise / recruit the study, please note that our review will not guarantee access to these mechanisms. Separate permissions will need to be sought, but your case may be strengthened by engaging with the peer review process.
Members seeking IPOS Research Committee Peer Review are assured of confidentiality through the review process: proposals will not be discussed outside of the peer-review process. We may report on uptake and success of the scheme, however, we will not name individual researchers in such reports to maintain anonymity.