Peer Review Process: A Step By Step Guide

What will you learn?

  1. The purpose and importance of peer review
  2. The different types of peer reviews
  3. How the peer review process works
  4. The limitations and future of peer review


Course Description

The peer review, conducted by one or more experts in the relevant field, is a critical stage in the publishing journey for all researchers. It is designed to assess the quality, the validity and the originality of the manuscripts submitted for journal publication. To prepare for it, you need to anticipate all kinds of questions and queries on your findings and keep your rationales and arguments handy.

In this course, you will learn the objectives and importance of a peer review. You will also learn about the different kinds of peer reviews and how the entire process works. By the end of the course, you will understand the way ahead for peer reviews as well as possible limitations to watch out for to help you successfully navigate this important stage.


What topics will you cover?

  1. Introduction
  2. Objectives of the course
  3. All about the peer review
  4. Importance of the peer review
  5. The peer review process
  6. Types of peer review
  7. Limitations of peer review
  8. Future of peer reviews
  9. Summary
  10. Check your understanding


Course Narrator:

Harold Swindall, Academic Trainer

Hal Swindall holds a master's in English and a PhD in comparative literature. For 25 years, he has taught, edited, and researched in East Asia besides scholarly visits to Europe. Presently he works as an English teacher trainer at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, mainly teaching academic writing and research to graduates and supervising TESL theses. Hal has also designed and conducted English academic writing workshops for non-native English speakers, and is performing mixed-method research in this area. Besides all that, he has 25 years of experience in a variety of editing and has helped many scholars publish in major journals. He believes in giving every aspiring researcher the attention and help they need to realize their goals. Hal's languages include French and Italian, besides Chinese, and he has published on such wide-ranging topics as Buddhist art and Chinese poetry, but his dissertation research was on late nineteenth-century artistic prose.


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R Upskill

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Course Curriculum


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