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You, Too, Can Peer Review! A Guide for Contributing to the Peer Review Process

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You, Too, Can Peer Review! A Guide for Contributing to the Peer Review Process

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Becoming a successful scientist requires building a portfolio of credentials, including validation of your work by the scientific community as part of the peer-reviewed publication process. The peer-review process helps to ensure the rigorous standards of the scientific process are not compromised, allowing future research to build upon a solid foundation. Reviewers volunteer their time to read and evaluate manuscripts based on the requirements of the journal, and the quality, completeness, accuracy, and overall contribution of the work towards the advancement of research. The main task of a reviewer is to provide feedback on the article and the research presented, suggest improvements or alternative experiments (or hypotheses), and make recommendations to the editor about whether to accept, reject, or request changes to the article. The peer-review process relies on a reciprocal relationship between author and reviewer; however, most new authors do not receive formal training on the review process, resulting in an imbalance of the number of authors compared to active reviewers.

In this workshop, experts from Elsevier will provide effective strategies for becoming a reviewer and evaluating manuscripts. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive, hands-on review session with peers, to replicate the review process of an already accepted manuscript. The participants will review the original version of the paper and compare their comments with the actual feedback received by the authors and the published version of the paper. At the completion of the workshop, participants will be armed with the knowledge to successfully participate in the peer review process and contribute to the scientific community, while advancing their own career.

Graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty will all benefit from attending this event.

Webinar will be available for the first part of this event.

Registration Pricing

Member (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$0
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$30

This event will also be broadcast as a webinar; registration is required.

Please note: Transmission of presentations via the webinar is subject to individual consent by the speakers. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that every speaker's presentation will be broadcast in full via the webinar. To access all speakers' presentations in full, we invite you to attend the live event in New York City where possible.

Webinar Pricing

Member (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$0
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$10


Grant Support

Elsevier Foundation


* Presentation titles and times are subject to change.

March 7, 2017

6:00 PM

Welcome Remarks

6:15 PM

Workshop: Best practices on reviewing manuscripts

7:30 PM

Coffee Break

7:45 PM

'Live' Review Workshop

9:00 PM

Event Closes


Yaihara Fortis, PhD

The New York Academy of Sciences

Cherise Bernard, PhD


Keynote Speakers

Kam W. Leong, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Biomaterials
Columbia University

Professor Kam W. Leong completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Pennsylvania in 1987, before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University where he was appointed Professor (1991) of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine; Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery (1998). In 2006, he joined the faculty at Duke University as a Professor with joint-appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He moved to Columbia University in 2014, where he is currently the Samuel Y. Sheng Professor in Biomedical Engineering. He holds Honorary Professorships at Wuhan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Sichuan University, Zhejiang University, and Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

Professor Leong has been awarded numerous honors including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chinese American Society of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine (2017), the Chinese Academy of Sciences President's Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists (2016), and is an Elected Member of the USA National Academy of Engineering (2013) and USA National Academy of Inventors (2013). He has published over 330 peer-reviewed manuscripts, holds 54 patents, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of Biomaterials.

Professor Leong's research focuses on understanding and exploiting the interactions of cells with biomaterials for therapeutic applications. Beginning in 1985, he has been applying controlled release principles to the delivery of chemotherapeutics, DNA-based therapeutics, and cells via polymeric biomaterials. In cancer therapy, Professor Leong was instrumental in the development of Gliadel, a controlled-release polymer invented in Professor Robert Langer's laboratory for delivering carmustine to the brain tumor site of tens of thousands of patients after surgical removal. With Dr. Tadao Ohno he developed a tumor vaccine comprising cytokines and autologous tumor tissue fragments. It has been used to treat over 350 brain cancer patients in Japan. In nonviral gene therapy, Professor Leong demonstrated the feasibility of using DNA nanoparticles to deliver FVIII and FIX genes orally to treat hemophilia in animal models. He has also developed nanomanufacturing techniques to produce DNA nanoparticles, a critical barrier in the eventual translation of nonviral gene therapy. In regenerative medicine, Professor Leong pioneered the application of DNA nanoparticles to directly convert fibroblasts into functional neurons, raising the possibility of treating intractable neurodegenerative disorders via nonviral cell therapy. He has also recently developed nanoparticle-mediated genome editing technologies.

Angela Welch, PhD

Senior Publisher, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Angela received her BS, MS, and PhD (2010) from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) where she investigated tissue engineering applications in peripheral nerve repair. As a result, her research interests include: (neural) tissue engineering, BioMEMs, micro/nano-patterning, scaffold design, and biological image analysis. She has authored three manuscripts, and presented her work via poster and podium presentations at national conferences and invited talks. Since then, Angela has translated her biomedical engineering background into publishing. In her current role as Senior Publisher at Elsevier, she oversees the editorial and financial health of a suite of journals dedicated to the areas of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Most recently, she has helped launch two new biomedical journals: Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering and the Journal of Immunology and Regenerative Medicine. Over the past six years, Angela has presented Author and Reviewer Workshops at universities, corporations, and conferences in the United States, Brazil, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She has also had the distinct pleasure of serving as a Guest Judge for the Northeast Bioengineering Conference Poster Competition (2014) and the Biomedical Engineering Society Undergraduate Design Competition (2015 Annual Meeting). Angela enjoys inspiring others to follow their passions in pursuit of a STEM or STEM-related career, whether at the K-12, collegiate, or post-graduate level.

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