ACS Publications
Reviewer Lab
ACS Reviewer Lab

Hands-on training for reviewers

ACS Reviewer Lab is a free, 4-hour online course developed to educate researchers on the principles of quality peer-review. The course features interactive modules covering the basics of peer review and ethics, as well as real-life guidance on how to write a first-rate review. We welcome your feedback on all aspects of the course as it continues to evolve.

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1. Introduction to Peer Review

1. INTRODUCTION TO PEER REVIEW

What is peer review? Learn the basics of peer review and the critical role it plays in scientific publication.
2. Ethics in Peer Review

2. ETHICS IN PEER REVIEW

Learn how to deal with difficult ethical issues, potential conflicts of interest, and personal biases in the peer review process.
3. Preparing for Review

3. PREPARING FOR REVIEW

Every journal is unique, and the scientific literature is constantly evolving. Preparation before evaluating a manuscript will result in a more thorough review.
4. Assessing Significance and Technical Quality

4. ASSESSING SIGNIFICANCE AND TECHNICAL QUALITY

Evaluating scientific soundness and potential impact is a key function of the reviewer. Learn how to effectively gauge impact and rate technical quality.
5. Assessing Presentation and Readiness for Publication

5. ASSESSING PRESENTATION AND READINESS FOR PUBLICATION

Presentation is key. Use these tools to evaluate manuscript presentation and identify potential issues related to safety and data.
6. Writing Your Review

6. WRITING YOUR REVIEW

What makes a good review? Learn how to write a quality review and convey your ideas with clarity.