Peer Reviewing

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The Elsevier Researcher Academy is pleased to announce a new certified course in peer reviewing. By taking the Certified* Peer Reviewer course, you will receive a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of refereeing. Co-created, developed and in part delivered by senior academic editors on leading journals, the course has been specifically designed to give those who have not yet reviewed – or who feel they would like additional training in this area – the skills and confidence to accept a request to review. Researcher Academy provides free access to countless e-learning resources designed to support researchers on every step of their research journey. Browse our extensive module catalogue to uncover a world of knowledge, and earn certificates and rewards as you progress.

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The course is delivered by 11 journal editors from Nature Research, as well as active researchers from King’s College London and Imperial College London. In four short modules, the editors and reviewers provide a comprehensive and insightful overview of peer review. Module 1: Your role as peer reviewer. Module 2: The peer review report. Module 3: Ethics in peer review. Module 4: Variations and innovations in peer review

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Now, how can you add significant value to your resume and reputation? By becoming a peer reviewer! Being invited as a peer reviewer by a journal amounts to being accepted as an expert in the field. It is a kind of recognition in itself to be known as a peer reviewer, and this can be a stepping stone for novice researchers. Apart from this, reviewers have the opportunity to be on top of new developments in their field and expand their knowledge. It is vital for an early career researcher to expand his/her network, and becoming a peer reviewer offers a great opportunity to interact with journal editors and fellow researchers in the field. As a result, many early career researchers look forward to receiving peer review invitations.