Navigating peer review

"Navigating peer review" can be tricky. In stage four of your research journey, we discuss the fundamentals of going through peer review, as well as reviewer skills for becoming a peer reviewer.

In "Fundamentals of peer review" you will learn why it is so important to get involved in peer review and the many benefits it can bring. 

Complete our "Certified Peer Reviewer Course" and become a certified peer reviewer. Publicly demonstrate your expertise as a referee and provide a clear signal to journal editors that you would be a valuable addition to their reviewer pool. 

In "Becoming a peer reviewer", we share some tips to help you deliver review reports guaranteed to make any editor smile. 

Finally, if you are "Going through peer review", make sure to complete this topic for 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.

Modules in Navigating peer review

15 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

Introduction to the Certified Peer Reviewer Course

Would you like to become a certified peer reviewer? Elsevier Researcher Academy is pleased to announce a new certified course in peer reviewing.
3 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

What to expect from the Certified Peer Reviewer Course?

One week until the Certified Peer Reviewer Course goes live! This podcast gives you a sneak peak into what to expect from the course and why you should sign up. 
12 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

1.1 What is peer review? Why peer review?

To prepare you for the Certified Peer Reviewer course, in this first section, we take a step back and discuss the history of academic publishing and explain the status quo of peer review.
16 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

1.2 Models of peer review 

In this section, we discuss the various models of peer review and break down the difference between single/double/triple anonymized and all identities visible review, and discuss their strong suits
20 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

1.3 The typical peer review process

This section breaks down the typical peer review process by discussing the steps from submission to the selection of reviewers by the editors.
6 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

1.4 How to get involved

Learn how you can get involved in peer review and contribute to trust and quality in academia and research.
6 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

2.0 I just got a review invite, what’s next?

This section follows your journey from when you get the invitation to review.
25 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

3.1 How to write a helpful peer review report

Probably the most important part of the peer review process, this section digs deep into what it takes to write a peer review report, which will be helpful to the author and ultimately to science.
17 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

3.2 The comments to editors and decision recommendations

Continuing your learning on how to write a helpful peer review report, this section discusses the confidential comments you can make to the editor and explains the decision recommendations you can
1 h
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

3.3 How to peer review a review article

Peer review is an essential part of publishing review articles, just like it is for research articles.
10 m
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

4.0 What next?

This final module of the course apprises you of your continued responsibility as a reviewer, and discusses how you can get recognition for your efforts.
1 h
Certified Peer Reviewer Course

Certified Peer Reviewer Course Assessment

Now that you have listened to all our experts, taken notes and are ready to review, it's time to test your knowledge and claim that certificate, of course!
1.5 h
Fundamentals of peer review

Generative AI in research evaluation

Virtual panel co-sponsored by Cell Press and Elsevier recognizing Peer Review Week.
1.7 h
Fundamentals of peer review

Building trust and engagement in peer review

The peer review process depends on the activities of editors, reviewers, and authors for its success.
1 h
Fundamentals of peer review

Diversity in peer review

Why diversity in peer review is central to both academia and your research career.
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.
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.
37 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.
31 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.