Peer Reviewing: „How to” for Authors and Reviewers

Course Instructor:

Dr. Katja Heubel, Research and Technology Center (FTZ; belonging to CAU), Büsum, Germany.

The course will be offered in collaboration with ISOS/Future Ocean Network.

Target Audience:

This course is open to ISOS doctoral candidates and Post-docs in marine sciences in Kiel. Additionally, 5 places will be open to doctoral candidates from member universities of the SEA-EU consortium (1 per partner).


Online, a link will be sent prior to the course.

Detailed Description:

We open the „black box” of peer review, going through the steps from manuscript submission to the final decision. Learning how the system works will help you getting your papers published.

You will develop your own publishing strategy: how to handle the review process as an author, how to deal with referee comments, and how to respond to editors. Additionally, you will learn the tasks and responsibilities of a referee and how to do a good, fair and constructive review.

The aim of this workshop is two-fold:

Finally, we will discuss our own experiences as authors and reviewers and dwell on future models of publishing and refereeing.
Between the three meetings, you will be given the task to act on a case example as a referee (read a manuscript and write a review report) and as a responding author (respond to review), or as an handling editor (read two reviewer reports and come to a decision regarding the manuscript).


Day 1:

20 October 2021
14:00 – 16:30 h

How the system works and “how to” review
Task: act as a referee

Day 2:

27 October 2021
14:00 – 16:30 h

“How to” for authors
Task: act as a responding author or handling editor

Day 3:

03 November 2021
14:00 – 16:30 h

Discussing the cases, own experiences, the future of refereeing.

Registration by email to:

Application deadline is September 23rd.


5 places are reserved for SEA-EU international participants (1 per Partner, on a first-come-first-serve basis).