Workshop: Peer reviewing for PhD’s and Research Master Students (12 December, 2013)

Workshop: Peer reviewing for PhD’s and Research Master Students

 Date: 12 December 2013
Time: 09:30 – 12:00
Venue: EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
Open to: PhD candidates and Research Master students affiliated with RMeS; PhD candidates and Research Master students affiliated with other (national) Graduate Research Schools
Fee (non-members): € 50
Credits: 1
Coordination: prof. Annie van den Oever & prof. Patricia Pisters
Registration: Maximum participants in the event:  15 – FULL! – contact us for a place on the waitinglist – Register before: 2 December, 2013 – Register here

 Peer reviewing for PhD’s and Research Master Students

Peer reviewing is becoming increasingly important as more and more institutions require researchers to publish within reviewed journals or edited volumes. Reviewing is a skill and practice that must be learned and utilised. When and how has peer reviewing been implemented in the humanities? Do best practices vary from those in the sciences, or from one national context to another? What are the implications on the job market?

This workshop will investigate the process of peer reviewing using NECSUS as a primary example. A panel of experts on the issue of peer reviewing and open access publishing will lead the discussion on such issues as maintaining the integrity of the review process, selecting reviewers, disseminating feedback to writers, and other topics of concern. Panellists include Patricia Pisters (NECSUS Editorial Board), Ian Christie (series editor The Key Debates),  Annie van den Oever (NECSUS Editorial Board), and others.

Workshop schedule:

The workshop will begin with five-minute presentations from each panellist, in which they introduce the journals and volumes they edit and also their particular peer reviewing policy. Our moderator will then pose questions to the panel of experts which will focus on the following topics: the role of the peer reviewer; the role of the writer submitting to review; the role of the editor in judging/responding to reviews; best practices in writing peer reviews; journal policies on peer reviewing and the implications on research and employment; the ethics of the peer review process. The questions will generally follow the sequential narrative of the actual peer review process as it plays out in the journal editorial process. After the discussion of these various issues the floor will be open to questions. A member of the audience will be asked to record responses on a white board for the purposes of finding a preliminary list of best practices in peer reviewing. At the end of this workshop we will draw conclusions and begin to formulate a statement on best practices and ethics in peer reviewing for academic publications in the humanities, with a particular emphasis on film and media studies. Attendees are encouraged to formulate questions and topics for discussion.

Organised by RMes in close cooperation with the NECSUS Editorial Board (Greg de Cuir, Patricia Pister, and Annie van den Oever)

This workshop is offered as part of the NECSUS event Key Debates on 12 and 13 December in EYE. Find more information here and find the full programme here: Programme Symposium on Film & Media Technologies

Preparation and readings:

Information will follow.

Outer circle arrangement:

We offer the possibility to participate passively in, i.e. audit, this workshop. This means you will be placed in the “outer circle”. This possibility is open to everyone, from junior to senior researchers and staff. While passive participation is free, registration is still necessary, by emailing rmes-fgw[at]uva[dot]nl. Do note that you will be offered the opportunity to make comments and ask questions only if there’s time left after discussion with the inner circle.

If you want to participate actively and also earn credits, please register as a regular, active participant, or inner circle, via our registration form.

Credits & certificate

Certificates of participation and credits are available upon request after the event. Event coordinators will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. Please direct your request to and include the postal address you want the certificate send to. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you  need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.