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Excellence in Peer Review: Reviewer Training Network

Peer review plays a key role in the dissemination of scholarly research output, and at Taylor & Francis we work to establish and sustain the highest standards of peer review. A vital part of this means ensuring that reviewers have the right resources and skills to carry out their work efficiently and effectively.

Our ‘Excellence in Peer Review: Taylor & Francis Reviewer Training Network’ was launched in 2019 to support researchers in becoming more effective peer reviewers. This training network aims to give clear practical advice to researchers to improve the quality of the reviews they provide, as well as introducing the key principles to those who are newer to the review process.

Read on to learn more about the training that is available, and the ways we are connecting new peer reviewers with journals to develop their skills.

Expert peer review training

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Our Excellence in Peer Review: Reviewer Training Network provides free training on all aspects of peer review. You can participate in online or in-person workshops, that are tailored to different subject areas. The workshops are available in English and Chinese, and in different time-zones. All researchers are welcome to sign up for those trainings.

We also have online videos providing guidance on how to critically assess an article. These are bitesize modules which are only 3-5 minutes in length .

Read more about upcoming training

Links with our journals: providing peer review opportunities

Linking you to journals in your subject area is a unique follow-up that we offer to participants in our training network. This is a fantastic opportunity to try out and hone your skills as a reviewer on articles, and receive feedback. After you have gained experience and received feedback and support, you will become certified as an experienced reviewer. 

How does it work? 

  1. Based on your research and experience, you will be linked with journals in an appropriate subject area

  2. Your details will be shared with the journal editor

  3. You will be invited as a reviewer for relevant articles

  4. You will receive expert feedback on your first 2-3 reviews

  5. You will be certified as an experienced reviewer

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More than 100 journals are now working with the Reviewer Training Network and offering practical peer review experience to trained reviewers. 

How do I sign up?

We have a responsibility to the journals taking part in this program to make sure the peer reviewers we pass to them have completed the training program and have enough knowledge to take on the reviewer role effectively. 

We have built a quiz to test your knowledge. If you complete this quiz successfully then you will be invited to register your details as a volunteer. 

More resources for peer reviewers

5 minutes to know peer review

Watch our series of videos with expert editors and find out what they need from a peer review report:

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