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Mon 10 Sep 2018
14:00 - 16:30

Venue: 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 7

Provided by: Office of Scholarly Communication


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Understanding peer review (for librarians)

Mon 10 Sep 2018


Understanding the peer review process gives you an invaluable insight into a key aspect of the research life cycle. This is an unmissable chance to explore tips and best practices with PLOS, publishers of the world's largest multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal.

The Office of Scholarly Communication invites you to join PLOS for an essential introduction to peer review. This session will allow you to develop an understanding of what peer review is and how it can impact the experience of researchers. Learn how you can use your existing skills to provide support and advice.

The session will also be useful for library staff who are interested in undertaking peer review themselves but are unsure of exactly what is involved.

You'll learn...

  • how to support researchers who are conducting peer review
  • the 3 questions researchers should always ask when they're asked to do a review
  • how to get ready to review and be recognized for the work
  • how to read a manuscript with peer review in mind
  • how to write ideal feedback.

Stay on after the workshop to chat to PLOS staff and editors and enjoy light refreshments.

Target audience
  • Library staff at the University of Cambridge

All attendees will be asked to prepare a pre-workshop activity requiring around 1 hour's work. You will be asked to read an article or preprint in your area of expertise and complete a worksheet which provides guidance for taking reviewer notes. This worksheet will be used in the workshop as you write a peer review.

Full details of the activity will be emailed to you once you have booked your place.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 10 Sep 2018   14:00 - 16:30 14:00 - 16:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 7 map

At the conclusion of the session, you will

  • understand how to support researchers who are conducting peer review
  • understand the purpose of peer review and identify the different forms peer review can take
  • understand the role of the reviewer
  • understand and apply best practices for accepting a peer review invitation, evaluating a manuscript, and writing critical feedback
  • identify opportunities for professional development as a reviewer
  • understand how peer review works at PLOS.

Interactive discussion, exercises, presentations

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One session of two hours, followed by half an hour to chat with PLOS staff and editors over drinks.


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