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Peer review plays a significant role in academia; it is often used to assess an academic paper,
and decided its suitability for being published. Few question the importance of the peer
review process and many agree that the present system has its own shortcomings.
Nevertheless, through this article, we focus on some real limitations of the peer review
5 Things peer reviewers dont do
Statistical Check
Remember, peer reviewers are your peers, and not all of them are not necessarily statistical
experts to recalculate all statistics listed in your research paper. They dont rerun statistical
calculations during
research paper editing
. Nevertheless, they detect basic statistical errors
and obvious mistakes that attract their attention.
Checking raw statistical data
Checking raw statistical data is time-consuming because it is an extremely slow process.
Therefore, peer reviewers usually do not check the raw data. If the original data represented
need visible statistical corrections the peer reviewers add a comment asking the author to
verify the data with its source.
Repeating experiments
It is unrealistic to expect/ask peer reviewers to perform complete experiment and record the
results for checking. They only examine the necessities for conducting an experiment is
listed so that the experiment can be reproduced. Performing an actual experiment is beyond
the scope of peers during
research paper editing
Validating Author Details
Reviewers expect identities of the Authors to be genuine because cross-checking each
author, in reality, is not possible. Moreover, peers are not appointed to invest time in
checking Author credibility and identities.
Verify conflict of interest
In academia, it is vital to declare a potential conflict of interest for each manuscript when
assessing research work validity. However, in the actual world, it is impossible to check the

validity of research declaration made by authors. Reviewers simply scan the declaration to
check for any biased opinions and highlight if any.
Peer reviewers in reality look for strengthening your manuscript. They highlight major
drawbacks, errors and flaws found prior to publication in order to aid you publish flawless
and factual research work that can be put to use in the present life by others. Hopefully, the
future peer review systems overcome these shortcomings thus making new models more
efficient for use.