3rd to 7th August 2014

Invitation to Participate

Journal of Morphology Peer Review Workshop
International Congress of Invertebrate Morphology, Berlin


Journal of Morphology is launching a Reviewer Mentoring Program to guide researchers who have not reviewed before or reviewed infrequently on how to evaluate manuscripts that have been submitted for publication and what editors look for in making decisions. This program consists of two key elements (1) Reviewer Workshop and (2) reviewing of articles under mentorship. We are undertaking this because we feel the journal has a responsibility to provide support for peer review, and this will help cultivate a skilled network that will speed up decision-making for authors and also help promote quality contributions.

We invite you to become a Reviewer Mentor or Trainee and participate in the first workshop. There are no costs to mentors or trainees to participate.

Program Details

Date: August 06, 2014; 17:00h – 20:00h
Location: International Congress of Invertebrate Morphology, Berlin

  1. Peer reviewing process (Wiley Associate Publisher and Editor Journal of Morphology)
  2. The role of the scientific publisher (Wiley Associate Publisher)
  3. Editorial processing (Editor Journal of Morphology)
  4. Ethical issues (Editor Journal of Morphology)
  5. Exemplary discussion / instructions – hand on training of manuscripts.
  6. Reception

As a mentor you would be responsible for:
  1. Nominating a trainee(s) to participate (see below)
  2. Attending the workshop or, if you cannot attend in person, familiarize with the presentation and criteria;
  3. Giving specific feedback to trainees throughout the year and it is expected the trainee (together with his/her mentor) would review 2-4 articles in a 12 month period;
  4. Give feedback as to the value of the program.


As a trainee, you are:
  1. A PhD candidate or junior level faculty
  2. No editorial experience is required, but an enthusiasm for learning more about the peer review process.
  3. A completed application with CV.

If you do not have a mentor, we will match you with a suitable mentor. Following the process, successful trainees will be awarded with a certificate from the Journal of Morphology as well as free online access to the journal for 12 months courtesy of Wiley Publishing.


Please complete the attached Application. Ideally, applications are from mentors together with their trainees, but we will also offer a matching service, particularly for younger researchers searching for a mentor. Applications deadline is 16 July. Because of the intended intensive working atmosphere, the number of participants is limited to 30. Please note that participation in the program is a commitment to intensive work, frequent communication and reviewing 2-4 articles over a period of 12 months.

Looking forward hearing from you,
J. Matthias Starck, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Morphology, and Allyn Molina, Associate Publisher, Wiley & Sons.
Email: starck@lmu.de, Phone: ++49 89 2180 74134, Fax: ++49 89 2180 9974134

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