Peer Review Call-to-Action and Resources for Getting Started in Peer-Review

Recent calls to action have highlighted the need for peer-review volunteers to answer the rapidly growing rise in publication submissions in response to COVID-19.  At the end of April, several open access publishers announced a collaborative effort under OASPA to create a shared list of qualified peer reviewers answering the call for rapid peer review in response to the ongoing pandemic:

If you are interested in getting more involved with peer-review, but hesitant about providing the expected feedback, the WHSC Library has pulled together the following recommended resource to learn, discuss, and practice.  Please note that a certification in peer-review is by no means required and does not guarantee a letter of invitation from editors.

Nature MasterClasses:

  • Certified Peer Review course provides 3-4 hours of online content and videos discussing the importance and responsibilities of peer review, how to prepare a peer review report as well as a discussion of ethics and innovations around peer review process. Lessons are broken into 10min sessions and close captions are available.  Free access.  Login with your Emory credentials to access the full suite of Nature Masterclasses and save your certificate of completion.

Elsevier Research Academy:

  • Certified Peer Reviewer course provides over four hours of content broken down into 12 modules.  Content includes understanding the peer reviewer process, advice on writing a peer review report, and discussion and advice on peer review ethics.  In addition to core lessons, the course provides Q&A session options and customizable content tailored to specific issues and interests. Free Access.

Publons Academy:

  • Certified Peer Review course provides 1.5 hours of video content as well as real-world exercises and downloadable templates and examples.  Get one-on-one mentor support either by completing the program with your institutional program advisor or matching with an available expert.  Free access.

For support on these and other recommended resources, please feel free to reach out to WHSC Informationists via Ask-A-Librarian.