All you need to know to become an effective peer reviewer

Understand the role and responsibilities of a reviewer, what editors look for when selecting reviewers, and how to build your peer reviewing skills in this course by one of the world’s top publishers.

What will you learn?

  1. Primary reasons and useful strategies to develop your skills as a peer reviewer
  2. The important role and key responsibilities of a peer reviewer
  3. Essential characteristics of the review process and the peer reviewer
  4. Acceptable peer reviewing timelines and variations by subject area
  5. Key trends and developments that are affecting peer reviews today
  6. Approaches to anonymity in peer review and issues with publishing review reports
  7. Must have attributes editors want in reviewers and reviewer responsibilities to the editor
  8. How to hide identity and maintain anonymity in peer review
  9. The important role of an editor in the peer review process
  10. How to write a review report and best practices for peer reviewers
  11. Unethical practices that peer reviewers must avoid
  12. An editor’s role in managing author-reviewer conflicts and dealing with opposing review reports


Course Description:

TA natural progression for experienced researchers is to become a peer reviewer for others in their field, however, not everyone has what it takes to become a successful peer reviewer. If you’re thinking of enhancing your career with a peer reviewing role, this course is perfect for you.

In this course, you will discover what it takes to become a peer reviewer, the must-have attributes and a reviewer’s key responsibilities both toward authors and the editor. Learn about the role journal editors play in the peer review process, what they are looking for when they select peer reviewers, and how they manage and deal with conflicts within the process. You’ll also learn more about the reviewing experience and the key trends and developments affecting in peer review today.

This course has 9 modules, each consisting of an educational video, a module-specific multiple-choice question to check your understanding, and additional resources on the topic.


Course Author:

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore has a degree in Biochemistry and doctorate/post-doctorate research experience in Structural Studies and Molecular Biology. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal BioEssays and the Wiley Researcher Academy as well as a Program Manager and Editor at the European Molecular Biology Organization. Currently, as a freelance writer and writing coach, Andrew uses valuable insights gained from over 20 years of experience in academic publishing by coaching researchers to communicate science more effectively.


Your Instructor


Wiley Researcher Academy
Wiley Researcher Academy

Are you an early career researcher seeking to improve your research writing skills? Are you an established researcher who wants to better understand the scholarly publishing landscape? Wiley Researcher Academy has the tools you need to navigate the publishing process and increase your chances of achieving a successful publishing outcome.

Written and presented by a global network of journal editors and industry experts from Wiley's prestigious scientific publishing portfolio, Wiley Researcher Academy provides an authoritative source of training and enablement to help researchers at any level achieve their full potential.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1: Becoming a peer reviewer
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  Module 2: Inside the reviewing experience
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  Module 3: Current trends in peer review
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  Module 4: Anonymity and peer review
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  Module 5: The role of reviewers in peer review
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  Module 6: The editor’s part in peer review
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  Module 7: The review report
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  Module 8: The outcomes of peer review
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  Module 9: Becoming a peer reviewer – final exam
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