Course Description

In this course, we provide some background and context to the role of peer review in the research community. For early-stage researchers, understanding the role of the peer reviewer is important so that they can constructively use the feedback that has been shared for their research papers after submission to a journal.

We will also discuss why peer review is considered to be so important for research and how it is beneficial for researchers in the growth of their academic career. In this course, we will specifically focus on the different models followed for peer review and how it helps evaluate the quality and integrity of research submitted to journals.

Within this course, we also cover how peer reviewers to some extent are involved in determining whether the paper meets the aim and scope or a specific journal and to what extent novel findings are presented in research articles. At the end of the course, early-stage researchers and students will have covered the following aspects:

  1. Introduction to Peer Review Process
  2. Understanding the Different Models of Peer Review
  3. Journal Decisions and Revision Requirements
  4. Ethical Policies for Peer Review

ex-Managing Editor, Taylor & Francis

Mr. Duncan Nicholas

With >12 years of experience in publishing, Mr. Nicholas has had extensive experience of working in the editorial division of Taylor & Francis. At T&F, he was responsible for managing more than 30 journals. He has been the founding member of Journal Development Team at T&F. He has extensive expertise in peer review and editorial management. He is the Council Member of European Association of Science Editors (EASE) and Chair of the 2017-2018 Organizing committee of ISMTE. He is also a member of an organization like ALPSP, INASP, SSP, ISMTE, and EASE.

Course curriculum

Peer Review Process (English)