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WEBINAR: How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals

Monday 20 July 10:00 until 12:30
Online Webinar (zoom)
Speaker: Dr David T. Jones
Part of the series: Research Staff Development Series


WEBINAR: How to Peer Review Manuscripts for Journals  


Monday 20th July, 10:00-12:30


Online (Zoom)


The webinar is designed for postdocs and researchers at an early stage of their career with little or no experience of reviewing manuscripts for journals.


Are you being invited by journal editors to review research manuscripts? Do you find reviewing a time-consuming, difficult or stressful activity? This webinar will explain how the peer review system works, and what is expected of reviewers. You will learn how to review manuscripts quickly and effectively.

Peer review helps to ensure the quality and reputation of published academic research. Journal editors are reliant on experts who can deliver independent reviews in a timely fashion. For the peer review system to work, researchers who publish must reciprocate by reviewing the work of others. Therefore, the ability to review manuscripts for journals is a core skill that every researcher must acquire.

Many inexperienced reviewers spend too much time reviewing a single manuscript. Others are reluctant to review because they worry they may not do an adequate job, or it will cost them too much time. By learning how to review manuscripts quickly, you will have more time for your own research. But how long should you spend reviewing a manuscript? And what should you write in your review? Find out with the results from an extensive survey of editors of international peer reviewed journals.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar participants will have learnt:

  • how the peer review system works
  • about their responsibilities as reviewers
  • what editors expect in a review
  • why the peer review system can sometimes go wrong
  • how to critically evaluate a research manuscript
  • what to include in written comments to editors and authors
  • how long they should spend reviewing a manuscriptpractical methods for reviewing a manuscript quickly and effectively.


Dr David T. Jones

After several postdoc contracts, David is now a research biologist at the Natural History Museum in London. David is also an external lecturer on an MSc course at Imperial College London. Over the last twelve years David has been teaching a range of transferable skills to PhD students, postdocs and university staff on courses run by Research Councils UK, Vitae and the British Council.

Booking Information

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By: Alexander Aghajanian
Last updated: Tuesday, 9 June 2020