If you are a postgraduate research student, or an early career researcher you may be interested in finding out more about the Certified Peer Reviewer course that is available via Elsevier's Researcher Academy.

The course will introduce you to the principles and practice of refereeing which is a key part of the scholarly publication process.

The course has been developed by Elsevier, with input from senior academic editors on leading journals in order to give insights into many different aspects of the process.

The course has been specifically designed to give those who have not yet reviewed – or who feel they would like additional training in this area – a greater understanding of the process in order to boost participation in the academic peer review process. 

The content is delivered via directed self-learning in the form of recorded webinars, podcasts and an online multiple choice online test, so that you can follow the course in your own time, and schedule your leaning around your other commitments.  Several core modules must be completed to gain certification, but you can “pick and choose” additional elements to suit your individual learning needs and interests.

If you are interested in getting involved in the peer review process then becoming a certified peer reviewer can help evidence your expertise and enthusiasm for the process and may aid you in your ambition to be added to journal reviewer pools.

It will also be a useful addition to your academic CV, evidencing scholarly publication related skills.

This course is just one element of Elsevier's Researcher Academy.  Many more freely accessible e-learning resources are available through the Academy to support researchers through the research cycle, encompassing preparation, writing, publication, peer review and communication of research.  You can browse the full portfolio online

You will need to set up a Researcher Academy profile in order to access the materials and start learning.


Interested in other certification schemes?

Several other online and certification schemes are available to you, covering legal research skills, conducting systematic reviews and building IP knowledge and skills. 

You can find out all about these schemes via the Building and Evidencing your Research Skills LibGuide.