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Summer School: How to be a Peer reviewer?

MOAC Seminar Room, Senate House, University of Warwick,

10-14th September 2018

Summer School Aims:

  • Understand what different review processes entail (e.g. article reviews, funding proposals)
  • Learn how to be a constructive and effective reviewer
  • Become familiar with journal rankings and identify which journals might be more relevant to your research field
  • Learn about important aspects of reviewing, including biases in knowledge production and sex/gender considerations.
  • Learn how to respond to reviewers

The 1st and 2nd day will be targeted at natural scientists and the 4th and 5th day will be targeted at social scientists with different workshop leaders being involved in the two parts. The 3rd day will be a writing bootcamp and a CV workshop where both natural and social scientists will have access to a quiet room with desks, lunch, refreshments and facilitators to help them review papers, proposals, and CVs.

Please register HERE

Draft of the programme


Speakers will be launched continuously. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Andrew Oswald, University of Warwick, serving on the board of editors of Science
  • Dr Christine Mieck, Associate Editor in Nature Communications
  • Dr Lesley Thompson, Director of Academic and Government Strategic Alliance, Elsevier, worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Professor Bruno Frenguelli, University of Warwick, Editor-in-Chief of Neuropharmacology, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Epilepsy Research UK, a charity for which he is also a Director and Trustee, and a Director of Sarissa Biomedical
  • Dr Julia Vilstrup Mouatt, serving on the Reviewer College for the British Ecological Society's small and large research grants since early 2016. Currently, she's the head of Publons' free, online, practical peer review training course, the Publons Academy
  • Dr Caroline Jay, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Manchester, former experience in the EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Professor Rosemary Deem, University of London, serving on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Quarterly, Higher Education, the Sociological Review (joint editor 2001-2005), Equal Opportunities International and Studies in Higher Education
  • Professor Mike Ward, University of Warwick, served on the editorial board of Dalton Transactions; he is currently Chair of the Editorial Board of 'RSC Advances’
  • Dr Gareth Johnson, University of Warwick, Senior Editor for Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, published by Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS)
  • Deborah Logan, Publishing Director, Elsevier, former experience at Oxford University Press and Oxfam Publishing in UK
  • Dr Eda Ulus, University of Leicester, one of two recipients of the Best Developmental Reviewer Award, awarded by the Critical Management Studies (CMS) Division of the Academy of Management (2016), and one of two recipients of the Best Conference Reviewer Award, by EURAM, European Academy of Management (2016), serving on the International Editorial Board of Management Learning
  • Paola De Castro, Director of the Publishing Unit of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, the National Institute of Health in Italy, serving on the following editorial boards: Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Eurosurveillance, Open Journal of Bioresources, Revista CONAMED, Rare journal, Notiziario dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, I beni storico scientifici dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Dispense per la Scuola, Rapporti ISTISAN, Istisan Congressi, European Science Editing (past)
  • Dr Jigisha Patel, Head of Programme Management, Springer Nature
  • Dr Marcos Estrada, University of Warwick, editor for Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, published by Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS)
  • Charlie Cunningham, University of Warwick, Senior Careers Consultant linked to the Science Faculty and PhD Lead Consultant at Warwick
  • Chris Manley, University of Warwick, Senior Careers Consultant linked to the Faculty of Social Science and in-coming PhD Lead Consultant at Warwick
  • Dr Cath Lambert, University of Warwick
  • Dr Joan Marsh, Deputy Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry

For the speakers' short bios, click here.

Contact information: P dot Mesinioti at warwick dot ac dot uk


Venue information:

The Summer School will take place at the MOAC Seminar Room (top floor of Senate House).

For on campus directions please click here.

For advice on how to travel to the University of Warwick please click here.


For on campus and off campus accommodation options click here.

The following hotel has easy access to the University of Warwick by bus and to the train station of Coventry:

Ibis Coventry near number 11 & 12 bus to the university.

Testimonial from a participant:

'Upon reading about PLOTINA, I was intrigued so I immediately signed up to the summer school, and I am glad I did! For three days, we had the honour of listening to esteemed speakers. The selection of speakers was carefully crafted to give us ideas from a wide range of specialists from academics to publishers. The diverse content of the presentations was spectacular for two reasons: First, the speakers backed up their statements with impressive research (such as Sex and Gender Equity in Research), which was made accessible at the end of the school. Second, the speakers equipped us with practical tools to write better reviews, such as the distilled wisdom of thirty years by Prof. Mike Ward. I enjoyed meeting brilliant scientists both from the speakers and the attendees. The workshops gave us a collaborative atmosphere to exchange ideas. The overall experience of the summer school exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend it to all my friends and colleagues. I sincerely hope that it continues to happen every year.'

Amani Zalzali, PhD student.