Course Details

Professional Development
Researcher Skills
Run by:
Human Resources
For Whom:
09.30 - 12.00
David Jones

Course Overview

Peer review helps to ensure the quality and reputation of published academic research. The ability to review manuscripts for journals is a core skill that every researcher must acquire. However, many inexperienced reviewers can spend too much time reviewing a single manuscript. By learning how to review manuscripts quickly, you will have more time for your own research. But how long should you spend reviewing a manuscript? And what should you write in your review?

Find out in this workshop which draws upon the results of an extensive survey of editors of international journals. The main focus will be on STEM journals, with best practice based on the views of 116 editors of medical, psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, maths, engineering and geology journals. The workshop is also highly relevant to Social Science, Arts and Humanities researchers as it includes the views of 112 editors of sociology, economics, law, history, philosophy, literature and linguistics journals.

Course Objectives/Outcomes

Aims and Objectives
Through group exercises and discussions, attendees at this workshop will learn:
• how the peer review system works
• about their responsibilities as reviewers
• what editors expect in a review
• why the peer review system can sometimes go wrong
• how to critically evaluate a research manuscript
• what to include in written comments to editors and authors
• how long they should spend reviewing a manuscript
• practical methods for reviewing a manuscript quickly and effectively.


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Cancellation Policy

Please let us know at least 48 hrs in advance if you are unable to attend so we can give your space to another participant.

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