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


11 & 18 June 2021


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 process. 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 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


The program will follow.




Reimbursements for CUSO Microbiologie PhD Students

Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.

CUSO Microbiology Students:
Reimbursement form attached with original tickets has to be sent to the CUSO Microbiology coordinator Andrea Bshary
Université de Neuchâtel, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel

CUSO Students from other Programs:
Please send the reimbursement form to the coordinator of your own program.

For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the CUSO MPS coordinator:


Registration will open beginning of 2021

20 Places available.
This is a shared course MPS, Ecology and Evolution & StarOmics CUSO Program and places availables will be assigned proportionally.



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