SOURCE: RESEARCH GATE
What is the benefit of becoming a Reviewer ?
Reviewing requires the investment of time and a certain skillset. Being on the editorial board or a reviewer of a journal is truly productive, pleasant and in fact prestigious which helps in adding more value to the scientific world through the ways and guidelines given by experts in the relevant fields. Though, it is time consuming and often goes unobserved, there are some important rewards that make the editorial board members/reviewers worthwhile.
Science and Academic journals never offer you with monetary benefits for reviewing the paper. On the other hand, you will have the following advantages:
(1) If you receive an invitation to be a reviewer, that means, you are considered as an expert in your field. It is an honor for you.
(2) Editorial board of any journals consists of senior professors and well known scientists in the respective fields. As a good reviewer you will have a chance to get recognized by those editorial board members. This will also serve as an advantage for you when you apply for grants or for academic jobs.
(3) You can include reviewer experience in your CV/resume.
(4) By reviewing several papers in your field you will be growing professionally by updating your knowledge and expertise within the field.
(5) You are enforced to read carefully various manuscripts in your area of importance and interest. This is the way you are routinely forced to keep yourself up-to-date while checking and suggesting the changes in manuscript.
(6) This work helps to add in and provides a better way to create your identity as a well known expert in your field and may lead to increased invitations to speak at conferences or demand for invited research of your specialized area.
(7) You will be among the contributors who will shape and decide the urgent ways as required with changing societal needs.
(8) Your ideas and subject inputs may help in arranging special issues as per topics of your interest and choice.
(9) You will come across the latest research before everyone else and gives you a position of leadership in your research community.