How early career researchers can add value to the peer review process?

What will you learn?

  1. The current state of peer review
  2. Diversity in the context of peer review
  3. How peer review is affected by biases
  4. Why ECRs need more opportunities
  5. How to ensure diversity in peer review
  6. How journals are trying to be more inclusive
  7. Equipping ECRs to get involved in peer review
  8. How to get invited for peer review
  9. How to write a peer review for a journal
  10. How to get recognition for your peer review


Peer review is an integral part of the scholarly publishing process, which makes peer reviewing an essential and highly recommended skill for researchers to have. Yet, acquiring this skill requires training and a certain degree of experience, which has restricted the pool of peer reviewers that journal editors can draw from. On the other hand, being a peer reviewer can help researchers, especially early career researchers, build their communication and critical thinking abilities, stay updated and contribute actively to developments in their area of research.

In this video program, you will understand the current state of peer review and the importance of involving ECRs in this process. It also emphasizes the need for ECRs to train and develop their peer reviewing skills, which helps expand and diversify the limited pool of peer reviewers. The engaging program presents you with useful tips and practical advice to help you kick-start your peer review career, get invitations to peer review from journal editors, and get acknowledgement for your work. You will also learn the key steps to write a peer review for a scholarly journal, avoid common errors, and the best practices post review. By the end of the program, you will have all the information you need and a clear road map to advance your academic career and make an impact as a peer reviewer.

Your Instructor

Dr Jacob Wickham
Dr Jacob Wickham

Dr Jacob Wickham, Managing Editor of the journal Integrative Zoology, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Zoology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Entomology in Rutgers University. An award-winning and celebrated zoologist, Dr. Wickham has over 15 years of experience in academic publishing and had published several papers in high impact journals. Dr. Wickham has gained a lot of valuable experience in research and journal publishing over the years and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with researchers to help them in their publication journey.

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