BIH Biomedical Academy Key Competencies: Good Practice in Peer Review


Dr Evgeny Bobrov, Max Delbrück Center (


Prof. Ulrich Dirnagl, Berlin Institute of Health & Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Dr. Phoebe Markovic, Editor, Journal of Molecular Medicine

Dr. phil. Ulrike Grittner, Biostatistician, Department of Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, statistical reviewer for JCBFM


Peer review is the core procedure to ensure scientific standards, and most scientists are involved in it as both authors and as reviewers. Writing a peer review up to scientific standards requires a specific approach and structure, but there is rarely a forum to lear and discuss reviewing procedures. This seminar aims at giving both and overview of the peer review processes, and which practices are recommended. This will help participants both during the reviewing process and in communicating with reviewers and editors during process of publication



Brief introduction to the seminar and to each other.


General introduction to peer review: What are the stages and mechanisms of peer review? Which strengths and weaknesses does standard peer review have? What should be considered for a fair, helpful and ethical review


Coffee break


The editors’ perspective: What is most important for an efficient and informative review? What is the role of the journal editor in review? How can good communication between authors, editors and reviewers be ensured?


Biostatistical assessment: What should reviewers concentrate on? What are typical statistical errors? Which tools and resources can reviewers use, and when should an expert be consulted?