Peerspectives is a training program for young scientists.

The aim of the program is to train senior and doctoral students to better understand the scientific peer review process and thus make them better authors and future peer reviewers.


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About the program

Peer review is a key component of the current academic publishing landscape, and yet, the vast majority of early career scientists never receive formal training on how to conduct such reviews.

PEERSPECTIVES, a semester-long course for PhD students in the health data sciences, aims to change this using a hybrid structure of interactive workshops and hands-on, mentored group reviews of “live” manuscripts. Students who complete the semester-long curriculum developed by experienced editors will not only learn skills needed to critically appraise scientific papers and generate high quality peer reviews, but will also gain critical insights into the scientific publishing system as a whole.

This training is of extreme relevance and importance to our target group of up-and-coming scientists, the large majority of whom will complete publication-based PhD dissertations.

To evaluate whether the completion of this program within the ongoing doctoral studies framework has an effect on the quality of peer-review among motivated doctoral students, we will run a confirmatory study with pre-/post- assessment.

What is Peer Review?

Prof. Ulrich Dirnagl, head of the Quest Center at BIH, explains the Peer Review process and points out the weak points in a guest article in the Tagesspiegel (17.06.2020) to the article (in German)

Prof. Tobias Kurth, director of the Institute of Public Health at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, comments on the peer review process in an opinion piece in the BMJ: to the article


Prof. Dr. Dr. Tobias Kurth

Jessica Rohmann

Toivo Glatz


If you have questions, please write us an E-mail: hds-phd(at)