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All you need to know to become an effective peer reviewer

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Wiley Researcher AcademyCertified microlearning courses for research and publication success

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Understand the role and responsibilities of a reviewer, what editors look for when selecting reviewers, and how to build your peer reviewing skills in this course by one of the world’s top publishers.

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3 hours 30 mins



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Online, On-demand learning

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9 modules

What you learn

Primary reasons and useful strategies to develop your skills as a peer reviewer

The important role and key responsibilities of a peer reviewer

Essential characteristics of the review process and the peer reviewer

Acceptable peer reviewing timelines and variations by subject area

Key trends and developments that are affecting peer reviews today

Approaches to anonymity in peer review and issues with publishing review reports

Must have attributes editors want in reviewers and reviewer responsibilities to the editor

How to hide identity and maintain anonymity in peer review

The important role of an editor in the peer review process

How to write a review report and best practices for peer reviewers

Unethical practices that peer reviewers must avoid

An editor’s role in managing author-reviewer conflicts and dealing with opposing review reports


A natural progression for experienced researchers is to become a peer reviewer for others in their field, however, not everyone has what it takes to become a successful peer reviewer. If you’re thinking of enhancing your career with a peer reviewing role, this course is perfect for you.

In this course, you will discover what it takes to become a peer reviewer, the must-have attributes and a reviewer’s key responsibilities both toward authors and the editor. Learn about the role journal editors play in the peer review process, what they are looking for when they select peer reviewers, and how they manage and deal with conflicts within the process. You’ll also learn more about the reviewing experience and the key trends and developments affecting in peer review today.

This course has 9 modules, each consisting of an educational video, a module-specific multiple-choice question to check your understanding, and additional resources on the topic.

Course Author:

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore has a degree in Biochemistry and doctorate/post-doctorate research experience in Structural Studies and Molecular Biology. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal BioEssays and the Wiley Researcher Academy as well as a Program Manager and Editor at the European Molecular Biology Organization. Currently, as a freelance writer and writing coach, Andrew uses valuable insights gained from over 20 years of experience in academic publishing by coaching researchers to communicate science more effectively.

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LECTURE 1 |Video

Module 1: Becoming a peer reviewer

30 mins

LECTURE 2 |Video

Module 2: Inside the reviewing experience

30 mins

LECTURE 3 |Video

Module 3: Current trends in peer review

15 mins

LECTURE 4 |Video

Module 4: Anonymity and peer review

20 mins

LECTURE 5 |Video

Module 5: The role of reviewers in peer review

30 mins

LECTURE 6 |Video

Module 6: The editor’s part in peer review

15 mins

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Wiley Researcher Academy

Certified microlearning courses for research and publication success

14 courses by this instructor

Are you an early career researcher seeking to improve your research writing skills? Are you an established researcher who wants to better understand the scholarly publishing landscape? Wiley Researcher Academy has the tools you need to navigate the publishing process and increase your chances of achieving a successful publishing outcome.

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