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


Rescheduled to 2021


Debora Zoia, CUSO MPS, UNIL



Markus Geisler, UNIFR




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. Moreover, recent problems but also exciting 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 editor and the author(s)

- The amount of time necessary for reviewing/editing a paper

- About Benefits

- About Intergrity of a review

- About Reasons for rejections, experience from rejections

- About Retractions



- Theoretical introduction

- Discussion of examples



This course is designed for late PhDs who have little or no experience in peer-reviewing or editorial work.



University of Fribourg



This course has been postponed to 2021, new dates will be communicated later.


University of Fribourg, PER017, room 0.01

Chemin du Musée 18

1700 Fribourg


About the Trainer

Markus Geisler is a Group leader at the University of Fribourg and author of several (>80) publications. Moreover, he frequently acts as a reviewer for diverse scientific journals (including Science, Development, J. Mol. Biol., The Plant Cell, J. Exp. Bot., PLOS Genetics, PLOS One, ect.) and funding agencies.

Finally, he functions as Chief Editor of Frontiers in Plant Traffic and Transport and as an Editor for Springer (Transporters and pumps in plant signaling, Plant ABC Transporters).


The course is organized in collaboration with the CUSO doctoral programs in Ecology and Evolution (CUSO E&E), StarOmics (CUSO StarOmics) and Microbiology (CUSO Microbiology).





PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets along with the reimbursement form to:

Marta Bellone 

Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution 

Department of Biology

University of Fribourg 

Chemin du Musée 10

CH-1700 Fribourg


NO reimbursement of your meal expenses



Priority is given to PhD students of the co-organising programs (each program has 5 places reserved)


To register, please use your myCUSO account!


This course has been postponed to 2021, new dates will be communicated later.




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