Peer Review Observer Program
Peer review is the evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in similar fields. Specifically, peer review in the academic arena is the evaluation of a scholar or a scholarly work by qualified members of the scholar's discipline or profession with similar or greater competence, expertise, or rank. It is intended to be a mechanism of a self-regulation within a field or an institution in order to demonstrate credibility, encourage improvement, and assure that standards of quality are met. Peer review may be applied to a product of scholarship (e.g., manuscript, book, creative work, or performance), other scholarly activities such as grant proposals, conference abstracts, ethics review submissions, and scholars and their bodies of work (e.g., for awards, hiring, annual review, and promotion and tenure). Peer review may also apply to programs and organizations (e.g., accreditation). 
The purpose of the Peer Review Observer Program is to provide the opportunity for researchers and those with an interest in health research to learn about the peer review process through first-hand observation of our Peer Review Committees during their deliberations.
Anyone interested in learning about peer review and research funding is welcome to observe a peer review session. Researchers, individuals who assist in the development of research applications and users of research may be especially interested in participating as observers.
Participants observing peer review sessions have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the peer review process. We hope all participants will:
- Gain an appreciation for the rigor by which applications are evaluated
- Learn what applicants can do to strengthen applications and address weaknesses in applications identified through the peer review process
- Increase understanding of the value peer review brings to the strength of evidence that can be used for making decisions
- Learn about interesting projects Nova Scotia researchers are engaged in
- Network with peer reviewers, selected from a roster of Canada’s top researchers
Observers are not permitted to participate in the proceedings in any way and must adhere to the same Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Policies as peer reviewers.
The Peer Review Observer Program takes place once per year when the NSHRF Peer Review Committees meet.
- June 7- 8, 2016 - Health Policy, Health Services and Health Outcomes Peer Review Committee
- June 14- 15, 2016 - Biomedical Peer Review Committee
The exact time of the Peer Review Observer Program will be determined closer to the dates - participation times may be as little as one hour.
Participants can indicate if they have a preference to observe a specific committee. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.
The program is free of charge. If you are interested in participating as an Observer, please register below with your contact information. The NSHRF will contact you to confirm your participation in late May.
If you have any questions about the Peer Review Observer Program, please contact Sarah Kehoe
 Gelmon, S.B, Jordan, C.M, & Selfer, S.D. (2013). Rethinking Peer Review: Expanding the Boundaries for Community-Engaged Scholarship. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 1(1), 1-10.