A significant part of the work undertaken by faculty involves the regular publication of academic research within the context of funded projects. What is less well-known is that this aspect of academic work also involves a considerable amount of mostly voluntary editorial service.

Lecturers either serve on the editorial panels of scientific journals, and/or are frequently called upon  to write expert reviews of incoming manuscripts for journals and publishing houses. The ‘peer review’ process (constructively critical often anonymous peer assessment) is one of the central pillars of academia, and one of the principal ways that students can be confident that the information they read in the academic literature is verified.