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Peer Review News and updates

Last update: December 2020


Dear Colleague,

As of 23 November 2020, you now have the option to receive formal recognition for your valuable contributions as a Peer Reviewer, with ‘review credits’ issued directly to your ORCID account.

Key benefits for reviewers:

  • ORCID Reviewer Recognition provides a visible and verifiable way for UKRI to publicly credit reviewers’ contributions without compromising the anonymity and confidentiality of the assessment process.
  • It can act as an effective reference point to keep track of the number of reviews that you have completed for UKRI, which may be useful when applying for promotion or research funding.

Important points to remember

  • Reviewers need to opt in to receive ORCID review credits. You can grant permission for UKRI to send review information to ORCID through your Je-S account.
  • Once you have opted in, the ORCID Reviewer Recognition process is automated. There will be a delay between review submission and review credit being issued – this can be up to 6 months. You do not need to contact UKRI to receive review credit and will receive an email from ORCID when it has been issued.
  • In order to retain reviewer anonymity and confidentiality, the transfer of data from Je-S to ORCID does not include details of individual applications, the full date of the review or the UKRI Council the review was submitted to.
  • You will only receive ORCID review credit for usable reviews If you have consented at the point which your review is submitted in Je-S.

Further information

You can read more about ORCID reviewer recognition on the UKRI website and ORCID website, where you will also find guidance on creating an ORCID account.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at peerreviewcollege@ahrc.ukri.org

Best wishes,

PRC Team
Arts and Humanities Research Council


UKRI Peer Review principles – Assessment and Decision Making

It has been recognised that there is demand to simplify and standardise both our assessment and review processes and we would like to inform you that a new set of UKRI Peer Review Principles have now been published and can be located here. The document explains the eight core principles in detail and how they may impact you when assessing proposals in the form or reviewing and attending panels.

If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact the PRC Team – peerreviewcollege@ahrc.ukri.org

Update to Conflicts of Interest Guidance

Following feedback from recent PRC engagement events, our Conflicts of Interest guidance has now been updated bringing the guidelines up to date with current working practices. You can find this improved guidance within the PRC Handbook which now includes new examples of where possible conflicts of interest may occur during the Peer Review Process.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us.

Removal of Pathways to Impact – a guide to Peer Review assessment

The removal of the Pathways to Impact and Impact Summary sections of the grant application form used for calls and schemes took effect on 1st March 2020.  This does not mean that impact should be removed from projects submitted to the AHRC.  Impact will still be a core consideration throughout the application process, as well as in our assessment criteria, to demonstrate how UKRI funding generates the knowledge that society needs and is of public benefit.

Applicants will be expected to embed their approach to generating impact in their Case for Support and throughout the application form, as appropriate to the nature of the project.

Initial cutover period

Due to the time taken to check proposals and find suitable reviewers, there will be some applications that you are asked to review after 1st March, that still have a Pathways to Impact attachment and Impact Summary section on the application form.  These should be reviewed in the same way as you would have done before 1st March, as they would have been submitted when the AHRC still has the requirement for these attachments.

Following the change for applications received from 1st March:

Reviews/Assessment panels

As part of the assessment process, reviewers will still be expected to comment on the impact that an applicant should have included in the Case for Support and elsewhere as a key part of the project.  The Outputs, Dissemination and Impact section of the review form should still be used for the assessment of the impact that has been detailed in the Case for Support and throughout the application.  It is still for reviewers to assess how well impact has been considered and articulated throughout the application and comment accordingly.

Moderation panels

Nothing will change with regards to the assessment work involved for moderation panels.  Panellists will still be required to comment on how well reviewers have assessed an application, including how well they have assessed the way in which impact is being managed in the application.  For some months after the change, there will be some applications that have impact embedded in the Case for Support and some that have separate Pathways to Impact and Impact Summary information.  The AHRC will aim to advise panellists of any grants that have these attachments, but if there are any queries, please contact the Peer Review team.

Online training

The online training available to all PRC members, under ‘Resources’ in the PRC section of the AHRC website, is being amended to reflect the removal of the Pathways to Impact and Impact Summary attachments and will be uploaded to the website.  Information is given regarding the types of impact the AHRC would expect to see in an application, as well as how to assess impact as it is embedded throughout an application.

If you have any further queries about the management of reviews or panels in relation to this change, you can contact the PRC team at peerreviewcollege@ahrc.ukri.org.

PRC Call for Nominations Results

Due to the extremely high number of nominations received to join our Peer Review College, outcomes will unfortunately be delayed until week commencing 02nd December 2019. We apologise for any caused.

Nominations for new members to be appointed to the Peer Review College (PRC) are now closed

The AHRC Funding Guide has been amended to include the Cross Council position of support for the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, which PRC members are encouraged to read. The statement may be found in section 5 or by following the link in the table of contents. Any queries should be directed to peerreviewcollege@ahrc.ukri.org

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