How to become a reviewer and what do editors expect?


About this video

At Elsevier, we are often contacted by researchers keen to get involved in peer review, but, they don’t quite know where to start.

In this webinar recording, experienced publisher Dr. Jaap van Harten has some helpful tips to share. He begins by providing would-be reviewers with a thorough grounding in the topic. You will hear about the purpose of peer review and the varying types, including single and double blind. He explores the duties of a reviewer and highlights what editors are looking for, from comprehensive reports to clear recommendations. And, he explains how editors find reviewers and what you can do to increase your chances of receiving an invite.

You’ll come away equipped with practical tips that will help you take that first step on the path to becoming a reviewer.

About the teacher

Jaap van Harten

Executive Publisher Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Elsevier

Jaap van Harten was trained as a pharmacist at Leiden University, The Netherlands, and got a PhD in clinical pharmacology in 1988. He then joined Solvay Pharmaceuticals, where he held positions in pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacology, medical marketing, and regulatory affairs. In 2000 he moved to Excerpta Medica, Elsevier’s Medical Communications branch, where he headed the Medical Department and the Strategic Publication Planning Department.