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The Writing Series: Peer Review
Course Description:

This course complements the self-paced course ‘The writing series: Writing and Publishing a Research Paper’ by providing a chance to ask questions of expert trainers about peer review.

Please Note: To attend this session you must be enrolled on 'The Writing Series: Writing and Publishing a Research Paper' and should have watched the videos on the peer review process, types of peer review and publicising your paper.

To forge a career in academia, you need to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals. This video session will enable you to discuss and ask questions about the material on peer review and publicising your paper in the self-paced course 'The Writing Series: Writing and publishing a Research Paper'. To attend this session, you need to be enrolled on the self-paced course and should have watched the videos in Part 4: (the peer review process, types of peer review and publicising your paper). There will be discussion in small groups and time for questions. 

This session will cover: 

  • The basics of the peer review process for academic journals
  • How the process varies between journals
  • Open, single blind and double blind peer review
  • New types of peer review 
  • Peer review of preprints
  • Publicising your paper

This course is provided by Cofactor (http://cofactorscience.com). It has been developed by Cofactor founder Anna Sharman, an experienced researcher trainer who has been a postdoc, an in-house biology journal editor and a publishing consultant. Zoom sessions will be facilitated by two of Cofactor‘s experienced associate trainers, who have been selected and trained by Anna.


By the end of this course you will: 

  • Be more confident in submitting your paper to a journal, knowing roughly what will happen next
  • Know how to deal with rejection by a journal
  • Be aware of new developments in peer review that could enhance your chance of getting published
Intended Audience:
This course is suitable for researchers at all levels, including those who are starting to write their first paper for a journal and those who have already written and published several papers. It can be taken by researchers in all areas of academia but the examples used are mostly from science, technology, medicine and social sciences.
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
04/03/2022 - 04/03/2022  (Enrol between 01/01/2022 and 25/02/2022) Enrol

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