Principles of peer assessment and review

To gain public trust and ensure best practice, ANROWS peer assessors must comply with guidelines underpinned by eight core principles. These principles ensure that the process of selection of grant applications and review of publications meets international and national standards of practice in peer assessment.

Principles for peer assessment and review

  • Expertise. Applications and publications will be assessed by experts in the field of violence against women.
  • Fairness. Applications and publications will be assessed and, where appropriate, scored using the same scoring scale and criteria. As part of the assessment process, a report containing the outcome of the assessment will be provided to the ANROWS Board.
  • Transparency. The assessment of applications will be conducted against published criteria, and the award of grants will be based on merit. ANROWS will publish details of the Research Priorities Grants application process and, following the award of grants, membership of each Peer Assessment Panel. Peer reviewers of ANROWS publications may also be publicly identified and acknowledged, with the agreement of the particular peer assessor. 
  • Impartiality. Perceived and actual conflicts of interest will be declared and managed throughout all stages of the assessment process.
  • Confidentiality. Peer assessment panel meetings will be closed meetings. All information provided throughout the peer assessment and review process will remain confidential.
  • Integrity. ANROWS is committed to supporting research integrity and to promoting public trust in its operations. ANROWS peer assessors will be bound by a Code of Conduct and ANROWS will have procedures for the handling of complaints about misconduct, bias or prejudice. Projects which contravene principles of research integrity or of research ethics will not be recommended for funding by peer assessors.
  • Quality. Peer assessors will only recommend that ANROWS fund projects that are of high quality.
  • Efficiency. ANROWS is committed to ensuring that its grants management system operates efficiently and requires that its peer assessors undertake assessments of applications and publications within agreed timeframes.