Reap the benefits of peer review

Peer reviewing research papers is something that many researchers shy away from – perhaps due to perceived lack of expertise, lack of time, or belief that it’s work that brings little value to the peer reviewer.

However, peer review is something that anyone who’s had at least one research paper published can do. It need not take more than 2 hours per paper or less. Moreover, it can bring a number benefits to researchers. For example, doing peer review of research papers can help you to …

  • Get to know the latest literature in your field
  • Learn about how to effectively plan, analyze, interpret and present your own research
  • Understand who’s who in your field, which can be helpful for recommending peer reviewers for your own research papers or soliciting collaborations
  • Win international recognition for peer review work, which can help with applications to competitive schemes (example here)
  • Gain valuable rewards that some publishers may offer peer reviewers, such as discount vouchers for open access publication in their journals

In this 90-minute training, Prof. Amanda Salis will give you an overview of how to confidently and time-effectively undertake peer review of research papers. Topics covered are listed below.

  • The potential benefits you can gain from peer review – with real-world examples
  • Why you only need to have led the writing and response to reviewers for one research paper to be able to start accepting peer review assignments
  • Common mistakes to avoid when undertaking peer review of research papers
  • How to get more invitations to undertake peer review of research papers
  • Ideas on how to undertake a thorough and fair peer review
  • How to set up automations to reduce the amount of time it takes you to undertake peer review assignments
  • Your questions answered live (questions will be concentrated mostly into the last 15 to 20 minutes of the training)

Who is this training for?

Any researcher from any institution who is interested in undertaking time-efficient peer review of research papers.

This includes:
  • Honours students
  • Higher degree research students (e.g. Masters and PhD students)
  • Junior postdoctoral fellows
  • Senior researchers

Training prerequisite

In order to undertake peer review of research papers, it is recommended that you first lead the writing of a research paper that has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, including leading the process of responding to the Editor and Reviewers after peer review of the paper.

What you need at the training

Yourself and any questions you may have.