In conjunction with the publication of Peer Review (A Short Guide) on 15 November 2019, I’m offering a free class.
Using guided exercises and group coaching, participants will have an opportunity to apply the ideas I present to process their emotional responses and figure out how to address the comments they have received. By the end of the class you should
- feel differently about the comments
- have concrete tasks to get you started on addressing the comments
This class works best if you have actual reviewer comments to work with. If you haven’t opened them yet, it will be a supportive environment in which to do that. If you’ve opened them but don’t know where to start or get upset at the very idea, the class will help you with that. If you started on them, the class will still be useful. If you don’t have any comments right now, it will be helpful to think about a specific manuscript that is currently under review or that you are about to submit. You’ll be able to prepare yourself for receiving the comments. It doesn’t matter if the response was “revise & resubmit” or “reject”. You are capable of writing publishable work and getting your scholarly work published.
In the book, I argue that peer review is an editorial process that supports academic writing as well as a part of the collective process through which we create and advance knowledge. Authors and reviewers collectively shape their fields through scholarly publishing and peer review.
I am aware that it doesn’t always feel like that. Submitting your work for publication is vulnerable. Receiving feedback triggers all kinds of emotional responses. Reviewer feedback, even if not actively bullying, is often written in ways that make it difficult to engage with and use constructively. In the class, I’ll walk you through reading your comments as editorial comments and making a plan to address them so you can publish your contribution to knowledge.
When: Friday 15 November 2019 10 am EST/3 pm UK (approx 90 mins)
Where: we’ll use Zoom. You can join from the Zoom interface or by phone (numbers in several countries)
All those registered for the class will receive an audio recording of the class. This recording will also become one of the resources available in the Academic Writing Studio.