Editorials

BMJ training for peer reviewers

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7441.658 (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:658
  1. Sara Schroter, senior researcher ([email protected]),
  2. Trish Groves, senior assistant editor ([email protected])
  1. BMJ

    We are offering free courses in London and a training pack on bmj.com>

    Peer review, although fundamental to science, has been largely an amateur process, with new reviewers learning their trade like apprentices.1 You can learn about critical appraisal of research papers and other academic articles in many places. But do peer reviewers know what editors want from them? Clearly, many do, and the BMJ islucky to have hundreds of excellent reviewers. We don't want to rely on luck, however, so this week the BMJ is launching a programme of training for peer reviewers.

    We have published a free package of learning material at bmj.com/advice/peer_review/ The training has four aims: to tell participants about the state of peer review research; to make clear to them what constitutes a good review; to help …

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