Focus on Peer Review
An online course on peer review, containing 4 modules with bite-size videos and interactive activities.
Free to access when you register – takes 60 seconds.
Getting started: About This Course
Your Role as Peer Reviewer
About this module: Your role as peer reviewer
The peer review process explained
The importance of peer review
The benefits of being a peer reviewer
Peer reviewer's responsibilities
The reasons why I peer review
When you should and shouldn’t accept an invitation to review
When should you peer review?
An author's experience of peer review
A reviewer's experience of peer review
An Editor's experience of peer review
Routes to becoming a peer reviewer
Summary and next steps: Your role as peer reviewer
Useful links and further reading: Your role as peer reviewer
The Peer Review Report
About the module: The peer review report
What do you think of this report?
Preparing to review
Preparing to review – checklist
First impressions of the paper
How I approach peer review
Detailed review: Titles, abstracts and introductions
Detailed review: Methods
Detailed review: Results and discussion
Peer reviewing the different sections of a paper
The tone of your report
Adjust the tone
The structure of your report
Major and minor comments in peer review
Writing a summary for a peer review report
Common problems during peer review
FAQ: Should I mention spelling and grammar in my peer review report?
FAQ: What should I include in the 'comments to the editor' box?
Summary and next steps: The peer review report
Useful links and further reading: The peer review report
Ethics in Peer Review
About the module: Ethics in peer review
Which of these actions is ethically questionable?
Peer review ethics - editors' expectations
Peer review ethics – your responsibilities
Conflicts of interest in peer review
What should you do if you realise you have a conflict of interest?
Intellectual theft and plagiarism in peer review
Implicit bias in peer review
Considerations of confidentiality when reviewing a paper
Getting a colleague’s input when reviewing a paper
Why peer review gets a bad press
Potential issues when peer reviewing
Summary and next steps: Ethics in peer review
Useful links and further reading: Ethics in peer review
Variations and Innovations in Peer Review
About the module: Variations and innovations in peer review
Varieties of peer review
Varieties of peer review at a glance
Different journals' requirements
Variations in peer review practices across subject areas
Reviewing large data sets
Peer reviewing a review paper
Innovative approaches to peer review
Peer review: Where next?
The future of peer review
Summary and next steps: Variations and Innovations in peer review
Useful links and further reading: Innovations in peer review
What you'll learn
- Receive a certificate when you complete 80% of the course
- The importance and responsibilities of peer reviewers
- How to prepare a peer review report
- The ethics of peer review
- Innovations in different types of peer review