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Peer Reviewing in Natural- and Life Sciences: From Submission to Retraction


16 & 23 June 2023


Debora Zoia, CUSO MPS Coordinator, University of Lausanne


Markus Geisler, Dr., Lecturer, University of Fribourg


The ability to review research articles 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 fair and high-quality reviews in a timely fashion. In this intensive two days' workshop, PhD Students will be given a detailed insight into the scholar peer-reviewing processes. Participants will learn how the peer-review process works, from submission to publication (and retraction). Practical issues (like benefits, requirements and time lines) are discussed and submission and reviewing is trained in practical exercises. Moreover, recent problems and developments in peer reviewing are highlighted.


Participants will learn...

- How the (Scholary) Peer-Review process works: from submission to publication (and retraction)
- Details about Theory, definitions, history, problems
- Review styles: pre-publication review vs. post-publication review
- Recent developments in (Scholary) Peer Review: improvement and criticism
- How to become/recruit a reviewer?
- What editors expect from a reviewer: criteria against which scientific articles should be evaluated
- The requirement for objective, constructive and balanced comments that will assist both the editor and the author(s)
- The amount of time necessary for reviewing/editing a paper
- About Benefits
- About Integrity of a review
- About Reasons for rejections, experience from rejections
- About Retractions


Schedule: 10am - 5pm
Location: PER 17, room 001

More information will follow


University of Fribourg, PER17, Room 001


This course is organized in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Programs in Ecology and Evolution, Microbial Sciences & StarOmics.


Reimbursements for CUSO MPS Students:
Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity 

Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO. 
See HERE for the procedure.

For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the CUSO MPS coordinator Debora Zoia



Deadline for Registration: TBA

20 Places available
This is a shared course MPS, Ecology and Evolution, Microbial Sciences & StarOmics CUSO Programs and places availables will be assigned proportionally (5 places for each Program).

*For cancellations after the deadline of registration or no-show: 50 CHF administrative fee



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