Focus on Peer Review online course — free course

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Audience

For students and researchers in the natural sciences who are new to peer review or wish to refresh their skills

Free to access upon registration

Key features

3-4 hours of learning

11 editors from Nature Research journals and two active researchers

10-minute lessons

English language captions and transcripts

Skills gained

Understand the importance and responsibilities of peer reviewers

Learn how to prepare a peer review report

Discuss ethics and innovations in peer review

Insight from editors and experienced reviewers


The course is delivered by 11 journal editors from Nature Research, as well as active researchers from King’s College London and Imperial College London.

In four short modules, the editors and reviewers provide a comprehensive and insightful overview of peer review.

  • Module 1: Your role as peer reviewer
  • Module 2: The peer review report
  • Module 3: Ethics in peer review
  • Module 4: Variations and innovations in peer review

"This is a great overview of the peer review process...a thorough and, at the same time, concise explanation of how the reviewer should perform a paper review."  

Research Fellow, United States 

Designed for busy researchers


Total course duration: 3-4 hours

Bitesize lessons: Log in with a spare 10 minutes

Flexible learning: Complete the course in a single sitting or use it as a ‘dip in and out’ resource

Certificate of completion available

English language captions and transcripts for videos

"So brilliantly done...content, videos, exercises to provide hands on training. Everything depicted clearly and so nicely." 

Student, Pakistan

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