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Authorea: General template for a peer review report
A useful template for planning and structuring peer reviews, available as Google Doc or on the Authorea platform.

COPE Reviewer Guidelines
Updated in September, 2017, the COPE guide is a comprehensive overview of best practice and ethical conduct for peer reviewers before, during and after review. Available in both English and Chinese, PDF can be downloaded directly in English here, and Chinese here

In addition, COPE also provide a very helpful flowchart to help reviewers decide when t oaccept a review. Download here

CASP checklists for appraisal of studies
A product of the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) this set of eight critical appraisal tools is designed for use when reading different types of research, including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, case control studies, economic evaluations, diagnostic studies, qualitative studies and clinical prediction rules.

EQUATOR: choosing the right reporting guideline: flowchart
EQUATOR: choosing the right reporting guideline: wizard
Related to the issue of peer review is this Flowchart and online wizard prepared by the EQUATOR network. This resource will enable you to effectively assess which reporting guideline is appropriate for your research article.

Students for Best Evidence: Critical appraisal: a checklist
20 Questions to guide critical appraisal, developed by Students for Best Evidence; a network for students interested in evidence-based healthcare.