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Peer Review Training Resources

The contents of the Peer Review Center are also available as a live, interactive training session, complete with slides, talking points, and activities. 

Contact us if you are interested in co-hosting a training session at your institution or download the materials here to host a session of your own.

How to peer review

How to peer review slide deck

Slides and talking points for a 2 hour and 25 minute peer review training

This session covers:

  • Responding to invitations and controlling your workload
  • Reading with peer review in mind
  • Completing the review
  • Peer review recognition

and more…

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Peer review training activity pack

Peer review training activity pack

Worksheets and handouts include:

  1. Check the Journal Guidelines
  2. What Makes Good Feedback
  3. Action Plan
  4. Scratch paper, for taking notes
Download the activity pack


Important: For the “what makes good feedback” exercise, participants will need some example peer reviews to read and assess. You can find published peer reviews alongside many PLOS journal articles by visiting your favorite journal website.


Past articles featured in this section have included:

Machine learning of human plasma lipidomes for obesity estimation in a large population cohort
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Impacts of climate change on agro-climatic suitability of major food crops in Ghana
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Consumers discard a lot more food than widely believed: Estimates of global food waste using an energy gap approach and affluence elasticity of food waste
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