The fundamentals of peer review for the Chemical Sciences

About this video

As a busy researcher, time is precious and review requests can feel like a burden. But reviews are not only the lifeblood of a healthy publishing cycle, they can also boost your career! In this webinar recording, Deirdre Dunne, a Senior Publisher for environmental science and health, explains the vital role peer review plays in validating research results. She explores the various forms, including the most common, single blind. And, she runs through the benefits Elsevier provides to reviewers, such as the Reviewer Recognition Platform.

Professor Shane Snyder, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Chemosphere, shares the impact (and frustration!) when a reviewer accepts and doesn’t deliver.  He looks at how reviewing can increase your skills as an author and help you move up the career ladder. And, he explains why you should always mention previous reviews for the journal in your cover letter. 

You will come away understanding why reviewing is so important, not only to you, but to your peers and the publishing process. You will also discover the elements a good review should contain.

About the presenters

Shane Snyder

Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona

Dr. Shane Snyder is a Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, and holds joint appointments in the College of Agriculture and School of Public Health, at the University of Arizona. He also co-directs the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC) and the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Snyder’s research has focused on the identification, fate, and health relevance of emerging water pollutants. Dr. Snyder and his teams have published over 175 manuscripts and book chapters on emerging contaminant analysis, treatment, and toxicology (H-index = 55 as of September 2015). He currently serves as an editor-in-chief for the international journal Chemosphere. Dr. Snyder has been invited to brief the Congress of the United States on three occasions on emerging issues in water quality. He has served on several US EPA expert panels and is currently a member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board drinking water committee. He was recently appointed to the World Health Organization’s Drinking Water Advisory Panel and was a member of the US National Academy of Science’s National Research Council Committee on Water Reuse. Dr. Snyder also is a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore and an Adjunct Professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea.  

Deirdre Dunne

Senior Publisher, Environmental Science & Health, Elsevier