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Are you a good reviewer?

Reviewing is a central part of the scientific process and we all depend on qualified reviewers in order to publish high quality research. However, there is rarely an education on how to review a paper and how to do it good. Often PhD-students receive, at some point, their first review invitation and then have to deal with it, often through trial and error and without much advice. Yet, writing a constructive and useful review is important for authors and crucial for editors who need to decide if a manuscript is suitable for their journal.
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To give PhD students and PostDocs advice on how to write a good review, CAnMove organised a workshop on 23 November to address questions like ‘Why do we need to review? How to write a good review? What does an editor want? What does it need to be constructive for both authors and editors?’

That such advice is much appreciated was evident by the high demand for this course. After announcing the course, it took just minutes until it was fully booked. 19 participants (8 from CAnMove, 11 from the rest of the department) followed the lectures and exercise with great interest. Thomas Alerstam and Jan-Åke Nilsson, both CAnMove members and Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Avian Biology, kindly shared their experience and advice with the course participants.

All participants highly appreciated the course and found it very useful, and we are considering to repeat the workshop in due time.

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Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden