Webinar: Behind the scenes - How a peer reviewer reviews a manuscript

Behind the scenes - How a peer reviewer reviews a manuscript

Peer review is a critical component of the scholarly publishing process and peer reviewers are seen as gatekeepers of scientific quality, validating the significance and rigor of academic work. While previous discussions have focused on the process itself, Peer Review Week 2021, with the theme of ‘Identity in Peer Review,’ puts the spotlight on the people who are involved in this key process.

Being a peer reviewer adds great value to your resume and reputation, and reviewing good manuscripts also helps you improve your own work. That being said, researchers typically don’t get formal training to become peer reviewers, it’s a skill they are expected to have. So if you are an early career researcher who wants to be a peer reviewer, or have received your first peer review invitation but don’t know how to get started, this interactive session is perfect for you. This live panel discussion aims to guide those looking to build their identity as reviewers by outlining what peer reviewers focus on when evaluating manuscripts.  

In this engaging 60-minute session, you will:

  • Know the things to consider before deciding whether or not to accept a peer reviewing request.
  • Understand the ideal process and what to look at first when you are reviewing a manuscript.
  • Recognize the key aspects of a manuscript authors should focus on to avoid getting rejected.
  • Learn how you can balance your role and responsibilities as a researcher and a peer reviewer.
  • Unravel how your identity impacts how you perceive, experience and respond to peer review.

This is your opportunity to listen, learn, and connect with peers in this insightful panel discussion.

Behind the scenes - How a peer reviewer reviews a manuscript

Date – September 22, 2021

Time – 2:00 PM UTC | 10:00 AM EST

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Dr. Stefano Colafranceschi – Assistant Professor at Eastern Mennonite University

Dr. Stefano Colafranceschi is Assistant Professor at Eastern Mennonite University. He worked as an applied physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for a decade at the CMS Experiment. He has vast experience in advanced engineering manufacturing production, technology development, and industrial production management. His software contributions in data acquisition systems and performant data-analysis tools, along with the design of cutting-edge particle physics detectors, found extensive use and played a crucial role to carry out the rich scientific program of CMS Experiment.


Dr. Jo Røislien – Professor of Medical Statistics at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger

Jo Røislien is Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger, Norway and Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Aalborg, Denmark. Besides dissemination of his own research, he also delivers lectures on the communication of complex topics, to researchers, teachers, public offices and the private sector. A well-known international science communicator, Jo reaches a wide audience by appearing regularly on radio, television, and the printed press. Jo holds a PhD in geostatistics from the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has served as Research Advisor at Rikshospitalet University Hospital and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo (UiO), and later as Senior Scientist at The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. Røislien has collaborated with numerous medical research groups as a statistician and researcher, including Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Center for Morbid Obesity, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research.


Mriganka Awati - Senior Writer, Cactus Communications

Mriganka Awati has over 15 years of experience in the field of scientific communication. She is a BELS-certified editor who has edited numerous manuscripts from the fields of medicine and the life sciences; trained/mentored junior editors; managed and conducted author-education events; and is the lead author of three Editage books on academic writing for researchers. She was involved in the creation of two major global researcher survey reports—the Editage Global Author Survey Report 2018 and the CACTUS Mental Health Report 2020. In her current role, she creates and reviews educational, informational, or thought-leadership content intended for researchers.

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