WARRNAMBOOL academic Michael Callaghan has won an international award for his work on the European Business Review journal.
He described the task of reviewing the work of his peers as more an honour and privilege than a chore.
The Deakin University lecturer in marketing in the Faculty of Business and Law has been named an outstanding reviewer at the Emerald Literati Network 2012 Awards for Excellence.
Only one reviewer per journal is chosen each year and it is rare for non-PhD holders to be invited to undertake such reviews.
"The process is designed to ensure what is published in a journal is a substantive and a genuine contribution to the literature," he said.
"The generally anonymous nature of reviewing for journals makes public acknowledgment, such as this award, a humbling and unexpected surprise.
"About 50 per cent of papers are rejected first time, and only 25 per cent make it to publication, so it is important to be constructive in criticism."
He will receive a framed certificate and his award will be recognised on the Emerald Literati Network website.
Mr Callaghan is working towards a PhD by prior publication, which will be the first of its type awarded by Deakin.