Become a great peer reviewer! (Basic and Advanced)

So you are considering becoming a peer reviewer. Congratulations! You’re about to attain a milestone in your career as an academic. Serving as a peer reviewer improves a researcher’s profile and offers a highly valued channel through which to give back to the academic community.

This engaging and comprehensive training program will help you with everything you need to know before and during a peer review. The modules in this program have been designed for young researchers who want to be peer reviewers or have received their first peer review invitation but don't know how to get started. This course is also useful for experienced reviewers who would like to polish their skills.

After completing the basic and advanced modules of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what it takes to be a peer reviewer
  • Recognize the components of a great peer review
  • Identify the focus areas in different sections of a manuscript
  • Effectively interact with authors and editors
  • Focus on the right aspects when reviewing statistical information or methodology in a paper
  • Review different types of manuscripts
  • Learn through extensive feedback from experienced peer reviewers and consult them for clarifications about the course content

Additional benefits:

  • You will complete a mock peer review exercise, which will be reviewed.
  • You will receive a certificate stating that you have completed a comprehensive peer review training program.
  • You will receive downloadable checklists for easy reference during your peer review.
  • This course includes interactive exercises and quizzes to enable you to test your understanding of the lectures.


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 Understanding peer review
 An introduction to peer review
 Types of peer review
 How peer reviewing can help you
 Do you have what it takes?
 Who qualifies to be a peer reviewer?
 Skills and responsibilities
 Ethical considerations
 Should you accept the invitation?
 Accepted the editor's invitation - what next?
 Understanding what journal editors want
 What constitute major and minor comments
 Forming first impressions with a quick scan
 Deep diving into the review
 Making the first read count
 Appraising the Title, Abstract, and Keywords
 Reviewing the Introduction or literature review
 Evaluating the methodology and ethical soundness
 Reporting the Results
 Commenting on the Discussion and Conclusion
 Quiz - Are you ready to dive into the review?
 Decision time!
 Possible recommendations you can make
 Choosing a recommendation
 Summing up your evaluation
 Tying it all up
 Structuring a peer review report
 Being a sensitive reviewer
 Giving constructive feedback
 Concluding the basic course
 The Advanced course
 Test your understanding
 Advanced module I - Dealing with methodology and statistics
 Introducing our peer review experts
 Start Tips to help you review the Methodology - Prof. Caven McLoughlin
 Things to remember when reviewing statistical information - Dr. Jo Røislien
 A deeper look at statistical reviewing for medical manuscripts - Dr. Jonas Ranstam
 Advanced module II - Going the extra mile
 Journal-specific expectations from peer review
 Peer reviewing for different article types
 Downloadable tools and checklists
 Final assignment and certificate of completion
 How to get invited