1-day online course


This one-day course trains you how to review manuscripts for international peer-reviewed journals. If you have been asked to review a scientific paper’s quality, and would like to know what editors expect from a reviewer and learn how to write a constructive review report that is helpful for the journal and the author, this course is for you.

You will learn all the relevant steps in the peer-review process through numerous workshop exercises, where we show you how to analyse a paper of your choice and produce a viable review report. During the course, you will actively write a review report for a paper selected by you. Learning to critically evaluate a paper will also sharpen your own paper writing skills. Take the guess-work out of reviewing with our handy check-list and paper criteria guide.

What you learn

  • How does peer-review work?
  • What different types of review exist?
  • What are the benefits and duties of reviewing?
  • What are the review ethics?
  • What do editors expect from reviewers?
  • What criteria should I use to review a paper?
  • How to write a review report?
  • How to become a reviewer?
  • Why are papers rejected?


Scientists at all career stages who want to review scientific papers




max. 20


1 day (9 am – 5 pm)


Dr. Gunther Tress


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How We Helped Others With
Reviewing Papers

“This course has really helped me! I was spending much too much time doing editing that was not expected or required, and not enough time on things journal editors really need. This has helped me revise and edit papers that we are writing for journals.”

Early-career researcher

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

“The course provided very useful guidelines that indeed will help to produce a much better supported and organised evaluation of a manuscript.”


Alfred-Wegener-Institute Bremerhaven, Germany

“Course covered all main aspects in great detail. It answered all my questions and will definitely result in better review reports.”

Senior researcher

Senior researcher, University of Munich, Germany