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Sunday, January 27 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
(WORKSHOP) How To Provide a Great Peer-Review

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Fisheries and wildlife science is advanced by the publication of high-quality peer reviewed manuscripts in books and journals, including American Fisheries Society's five journals and magazine and The Wildlife Society's three journals and magazine. Manuscripts are vetted, revised, and improved through an editorial process that may include routing through an editor, an associate editor, and multiple peer reviewers. Each step requires unique perspective and understanding of the reviewer/editor's role in the process. For example, a manuscript with a fatal flaw may be rejected by the editor at the first step, rather than continuing to the associated editor or peer reviewers. A manuscript with minor flaws may be subjected to peer review, yielding useful suggestions and allowing for publication of improved analyses. Fulfilling these roles to the best of one's ability can improve the efficiency of the peer review process, thereby reducing the time to publication, improving authors' publishing experience, and reducing unnecessary workflow for editors and reviewers alike. Unfortunately, training on how to provide reviews is limited. Lack of training results in misguided attempts to overreach or underperform when providing a review, low participation in peer review by professionals, and difficulty in retaining quality associate or lead editors. This course was developed to address the need for training in scientific manuscripts for both editors and peer reviewers and will have two parts (2 hr each); the first part is optional for those with more experience in the review process. Components of the course will be taught by senior authors and editors who have extensive experience in the manuscript publishing process, and tangible examples of good and bad reviews will be presented and discussed interactively. The course covers the importance of impact of review on authors, on journal quality and output, and on fisheries and wildlife science as a whole; how the publishing process works; how editors and peer reviewers are selected; how to get involved as a reviewer; roles and responsibilities of editors, associate editors, and peer reviewers; and how to provide reviews. Best practices will be emphasized applying to both wildlife and fisheries fields.

Intended Audience: Students and Professionals

Presenters: Rebecca Krogman, Iowa Department of Natural Resources; and Jesse Trushenski, Riverence and Evaqua Farms

Fee: $30

Sunday January 27, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
CENTER STREET ROOM D

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