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


5, 19 juin 2020


Dr 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.


Friday June 5th, 2020
10h00 - 17h00

Friday June 19th, 2020
10h00 - 17h00




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).


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

Reimbursement form with original tickets has to be sent to the coordinator Andrea Bshary, CUSO Microbiology, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel.
For any question concerning reimbursement please contact



Other CUSO Students: please contact your coordinator.


5 places available for each Program.

Deadline for registration: 27 May 2020




Deadline for registration 05.06.2020
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