Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät

24.-25.08.2023 Intensive Course "Getting Published & Mastering Peer Review"

  • Was Scientific Writing and Presenting
  • Wann 24.08.2023 09:00 bis 25.08.2023 18:00
  • Wo Invalidenstraße 42
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Trainer: Dr. Brian Cusack, Science Craft

Date: 24 & 25 August 2023, 9.30-17.30 Uhr

Location: Invalidenstraße 42, Berlin

Target group: All doctoral candidates from all research fields of our Faculty

Course language: English



Peer Review is the foundation of the scientific method, providing quality control for published research findings. Learning to write and respond to reviewers' comments are vital skills for early career researchers to master if they wish to become established scientists. However, these skills are often neglected, forcing researchers to learn them by trial and error.


By learning to address reviewers' comments, young researchers not only increase their chances of getting published but also learn to think critically about their own research. Equally, by becoming better reviewers, researchers can raise their profiles with journal editors and enhance their academic reputation.


This workshop guides you through the peer review process using a practical approach that explores the roles of the author, the reviewer and the editor. Following the workshop, as an author you will be able to engage the interest of the journal editor with a cover letter. You will also be skilled in responding comprehensively and courteously to reviewers' comments. As a future reviewer, you will know how to critically evaluate a research article and to phrase criticism in a constructive review that benefits the scientific process.


Participants learn how to:

  • Understand and appreciate the roles of the author, reviewer and journal editor.
  • Select the best journal for their research and spark the interest of the editor with an engaging cover letter.
  • Respond comprehensively and courteously to the reviews.
  • Evaluate a research article and phrase criticism constructively.
  • Enhance their scientific reputations among journal editors by becoming better reviewers.


The 2 days workshop will take place on 24 & 25 August 2023. However, participants are also asked to take time to prepare for the course. Dr Brian Cusack will send preparation material a few days before the workshop. Moreover, as homework, participants evaluate a short manuscript describing a fictional research project of general interest.