This work was created for eLife, a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists. This artwork was designed to complement a series of articles discussing the method by which funding agencies, journals and universities review papers, grant applications and people. The artwork demonstrates the process of consultative review where editors and reviewers consult with one another before sending out a decision after peer review, reducing the time spent responding to requests for revisions.
The peer reviewing process in science is crucial to ensure the validity of studies and the associated claims and findings. This process is not only carried out between scientists but also by scientific journals and magazines. The latter review every submission to identify the quality of the submitted work, its uniqueness, as well as its scientific relevance.