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EGU peer review training workshop 2024 – apply now!

2 July 2024

Are you an EGU member with little or no experience in peer reviewing? Are you looking for a way to gain confidence as a referee? Look no further! Join the Union sponsored, free, EGU peer review training!

Stepping into the role of a referee can be intimidating, especially for early career scientists without prior experience, and lead to questions such as: “Should I accept the editor’s invitation?”, “Do I have enough expertise to evaluate someone else’s work?”, “What makes a good review?”, “How can I give constructive feedback without being overly critical?”, “What can I bring to peer review that Artificial Intelligence cannot?”, and “How should I handle ethical issues like plagiarism or predatory journals?”

To help you say ‘yes’ to review requests and answer these questions and more, EGU is offering a limited number of places on a FREE interactive and hands-on peer review training. Last year’s training was a great success, and we are thrilled to offer it again this year!

Training Schedule:

The training consists of three online sessions on 9, 16 September and 14 October. All sessions will start at 16:00 CEST.

Session 1: 9 September, 16:00 CEST, 60 minutes:
Get started with an engaging overview of the peer review process, followed by an introduction to multi-stage open peer review in EGU journals. At the end of this session, you will be assigned a manuscript with relation to your relevant EGU journal.
Homework: Draft a review on your assigned manuscript.

Session 2: 16 September, 16:00 CEST, 90 minutes:
In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to address any doubts you may have regarding review criteria. Moreover, you will engage in group discussions with editors of EGU journals, allowing you to gain valuable insights on journal-specific review criteria.
Homework: Collaborate with your peers to refine your review draft.

Session 3: 14 October, 16:00 CEST, 60 minutes:
You will receive personalised feedback on your report from your peers and from editors of EGU journals and learn how to upload it to EGUsphere or the journal website. After session 3 you will have everything you need to submit your first review and we encourage you, as graduates of this program, to become active peer reviewers in your field of expertise.

Benefits of participating:

  • Gain confidence in scientific reviewing
  • Learn about the open peer review process in EGU journals and general features of peer review
  • Get the answers to your questions
  • Upon successfully completing the course, participants will be added to the Copernicus referee database

Members apply free, today!

If you wish to participate, please complete this application form by 31 July 2024. Only EGU Members can apply to participate in this workshop and attendees will be shortlisted by the EGU Publications Committee, selected by their answers on the form and successful applicants will be emailed with further information after the deadline has passed.

Read about a participant’s experience during last year’s training here.

If you have any questions, please email the EGU Editorial Manager Eduardo Queiroz Alves.


Barbara Ervens
Chair EGU Publications Committee

Eduardo Queiroz Alves
EGU Editorial Manager


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