Navigating peer review
40 m
Becoming a peer reviewer

Understanding the peer review process

Fundamentals of peer review

Peer review is the cornerstone of the scientific publishing process, yet editors face a daily struggle to find researchers willing to review for their journal. In this series of modules, we explain why it is so important to get involved in peer review and the many benefits it can bring. You will hear how carrying out peer review can sharpen your own writing skills and introduce you to some of the movers and shakers in your field. You will learn how you can volunteer, and discover the ethics guidelines you should comply with. Moreover, we explain why there is a move towards making peer review more transparent.

What you will find
  • The many benefits reviewing brings
  • Your responsibilities as a reviewer
  • Why there is a move towards transparency

4 modules

45 m
Fundamentals of peer review

Why get involved in peer review

Why saying ‘yes’ when an editor asks you to review can boost your research and publishing career.
32 m
Fundamentals of peer review

Ethics responsibilities for peer reviewers

This clear guide to ethics responsibilities for reviewers ensures you can approach your next review with confidence.
46 m
Fundamentals of peer review

Recognizing peer reviewers: A webinar to celebrate editors and researchers

A detailed discussion on the peer review process that will shine new light on the role you can play.
56 m
Fundamentals of peer review

Transparency in peer review

Find out why transparency in peer review is on the rise and how you can get involved.

Becoming a peer reviewer

Peer review is a skill, and in this series of modules, we share some tips to help you deliver review reports guaranteed to make any editor smile. We start by explaining the actions you should definitely avoid, from saying yes when you don’t have time to complete a review, to providing biased or unfair statements. We highlight points to consider when looking at each element of the article and explain how to be constructive in your feedback. You will also learn how your reviewing activities can provide an important stepping stone towards becoming a journal editor. 

What you will find
  • Common reviewing mistakes
  • Tips for writing an effective review
  • Insights into how reviewing can boost your career

5 modules

40 m
Becoming a peer reviewer

Understanding the peer review process

Find out everything you need to know about peer review in our A-Z guide.
40 m
Becoming a peer reviewer

How to review a manuscript

Top tips for writing a great review report.
52 m
Becoming a peer reviewer

10 tips for writing a truly terrible review

Keen to brush up your reviewing skills? We start by explaining what not to do.
56 m
Becoming a peer reviewer

How to become a reviewer and what do editors expect?

Want to get involved in peer review? We explain how.
55 m
Becoming a peer reviewer

How reviewers become editors

Ambitions to be a journal editor one day? Discover why reviewing is a vital step in that journey.

Going through peer review

When you’ve already invested so much time in your manuscript, it’s not always easy to hear that a reviewer thinks it needs more work. In these modules, we provide some useful advice on how to deal with those reviewer comments and keep your submission moving smoothly through the publishing process. You will learn the initial steps you should take, and the correct tone and language to use in your response letter. We also help you see your manuscript through the eyes of an editor and reviewer, so you can spot any shortfalls or mistakes before you submit.

What you will find
  • Practical advice on how to respond to reviewers
  • An explanation of what reviewers are looking for
  • Tips on looking at your submission with a critical eye

2 modules

58 m
Going through peer review

How to respond to reviewers' comments

It’s not easy to receive feedback on your submission but we have plenty of top tips to help you respond.
55 m
Going through peer review

How do editors look at your paper?

Getting published isn’t easy. We help level the playing field by revealing what an editor really wants.