Information and Booking

Tutor: Dr David T Jones - Independent Consultant
Cost: Internal no charge.
Duration: Half-day (10.00-12.30)

27 October

23 March
20 June

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What have past participants found most useful?

  • How to break up the peer review process and limit it. Receiving a template for reviewing, nobody teaches this!
  • The session really helped me organise the reviews and familiarise myself with the whole process. It also helps me write good papers.
  • Dr David T Jones is a perfect presenter and speaker; it was an excellent, engaging, practical session.


The ability to review papers should be a core skill of every research scientist. With the growing number of manuscripts being submitted to scientific journals, editors are increasingly reliant on independent experts who can deliver good-quality reviews in a timely fashion.
This course is designed for postdocs and researchers at the early stage of their career who have little or no experience of peer-reviewing. 

Key areas

  • How the peer-review process works from submission to publication
  • Recent developments such as “open” peer-review
  • The reviewer’s obligations
  • The criteria against which scientific papers should be evaluated
  • The requirement for objective, specific, constructive and balanced comments that will assist both the editor and the author(s)
  • The amount of time involved in reviewing a paper