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Writing peer reviews and responding to peer reviewers

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Science communication | Publication

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Peer-reviewing scientific manuscripts prior to publication is - as much as writing one’s own - a key task of scholars and a valuable service to the academic community. There is not much systematic information or training available on peer reviewing or on responding to peers‘ reviews and editors‘ comments. Instead, learning by doing is predominant. This training provides hands-on knowledge to researchers at the early stage of their careers who are just starting to write and review papers and who wish to rethink their practice.


This training aims at improving your skills in efficient, fair scientific peer reviewing. You will practice structuring and writing reviews and hearing your own review(s) discussed. You will also get an overview of how to respond to reviewers. We will produce examples of answers to reviews you have received on your own manuscripts.


    • Reviewing: possible workflows, checklists and major do´s and don‘ts based on examples
    • Practicing reviewing based on your own examples,
      discussing your experiences
    • Responding to reviews: codes and etiquette, possible workflows
    • Practicing responding to reviewers based on own examples, discussing your experiences


          Based on background knowledge provided in the training you will practice giving reviews and responding to reviews. We will exchange and discuss personal experiences in open discussions. Max. number of participants: 15.


          The target group of this training are PhD students and early-stage researchers with initial academic writing and reviewing experiences.

          Fri, 06.09.2019, 10:00am-4:00pm
          1 day, 8 working units à 45 min
          ZEWK, Fraunhoferstr. 33-36, R: FH 1004
          Dr. Monika Rummler, Dr. Thomas Nehls
          For employees and assistant lectures and registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin, the course is free of charge. For non-employees, please contact  for information on fees.
          Requirements for participation
          Please bring samples of your own peer reviews, received or sent and your answers to reviews.
          Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.

          For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course, please contact .

          In case of any organizational questions please contact .

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