Understand the nuts and bolts of peer review

Register now for Sense About Science's free workshop for early career researchers

“I would recommend anyone interested to go to a session to find out more. In fact, I would urge you to, since the main thing that I took away was just how important it is to get early-career scientists involved in discussions on peer review. We are the next generation of authors, reviewers, scientific journalists, and policy makers – we need to talk about and learn about peer review in order to maintain its integrity whilst aiding its evolution.”

Elizabeth Allen, PhD student and attendee at Sense About Science’s 2015 peer review workshop

What does peer review do for science and what does the scientific community want it to do for them? Does it illuminate good ideas or shut them down? Should it detect plagiarism, bias or fraud? And how can early career researchers engage with the process?

Each year Taylor & Francis supports two peer review workshops, run by Sense About Science, a UK charity that aims to put science and evidence in the hands of the public. Free to attend, these half-day workshops are aimed at all early career researchers, scientists, engineers and medics. Each event examines the process of peer review in detail through a combination of group work, panel talks from experienced editors, authors and reviewers, and audience discussion.

Mike Smith SAS workshopWhat happens at a Sense About Science workshop?

Participants have the opportunity to discuss their questions and concerns about peer review, hear why peer review matters to the public as a tool to evaluate the status of research claims, gain insights into the journal publishing scene, and get tips on how to get their work published. The 40 attendees will also become part of Voice of Young Science (VoYS), a network of early career researchers who play an active role in public debates about science. In 2012, VoYS members launched a guide for their peers ‘The nuts and bolts of peer review’ and this series of peer review workshops has followed every year since.

How to book your place

The next workshop will be in central London on Friday 13th May, and applications are now open. These workshops are very popular, so find out more and book your free place by Wednesday 4th May.

Joanne Thomas is Projects and Events Co-ordinator at Sense About Science. She co-ordinates the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) programme, a unique and growing network of 2000+ early career researchers committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science.