Conducting peer-review: Do’s & don’ts

Target audience

PhD students within FPPW (can be beginner or advanced)

Organizing and scientific committee

Prof. Dr. Ernst Koster


Conducting peer-reviews is an essential yet hotly debated topic within science. The ability to conduct peer-review in an appropriate and high quality fashion can be an important learning process that facilitates one’s academic career. In this interactive workshop key aspects of conducting peer review will be discussed and we will interactively work on examples that are based on the PhD students’ experiences.


  1. Understanding the place of peer-review in the scientific process
  2. Being up to date about major discussions about peer review
  3. Having an advanced understanding of how to conduct peer-review
  4. Being able to independently conduct a high quality peer review

Dates and venue

  • 28 February 2024 and 20 March 2024
  • From 9h until 16h30
  • lokaal 130.047 (henri dunantlaan 2)

Preliminary programme

Day 1

09.00-10.00: Introduction and getting-to-know

10.00-10u30: Peer-review basics

10u30-10u45: Break

10u45-12u00: Peer-review basics


12u00-13u00: Lunch


13u00-14u00: Group discussion & Personal experiences

14u00-14u30: How to conduct peer-review: Do’s and don’ts

14u30-14u45: Break

14u45-16u00: How to conduct peer-review: Do’s and don’ts

16u00-16u30: Assignment


Day 2

09u00-10u30: Group discussion of assignment

10u30-10u45: Break

10u45-12u00: Understanding the editorial back-end


12u00-13u00: Lunch


13u00-14u00: Rebuttal letters

14u00-14u30: How to review the rebuttal

14u30-14u45: Break

14u45-16u00: Making the most of peer-review

16u00-16u30: Concluding remarks



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  • The no show policy applies.

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members.

Number of participants

Maximum 20



Evaluation method

100¨% attendance and active participation

After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this can take up to one to two months after completion of the course.