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Getting Published & Understanding Peer Review by Dr. Brian Cusack

When: 23rd & 24th of March 2017

Where: Biocenter, room G00.031

This two-day workshop guides young researchers through the peer review process using a practical approach that explores the roles of the author, the reviewer and the editor. As future authors, participants first learn how to engage the interest of the journal editor with a cover letter. They next learn to respond comprehensively and courteously to reviewers' comments. As future reviewers, participants learn how to critically evaluate a research article and to phrase their criticism in a constructive review that facilitates the scientific process. By considering the differing perspectives of reviewers and authors, participants will learn about the responsibilities and opportunities associated with each of these roles.

For further details of the workshop, please check the link here.

General notes for transferable skill requirements:

LSM students should participate in at least three transferable skills courses during their doctoral studies. It is not necessary that these courses be those offered by the LSM, so long as you receive a certificate of attendance, this can be handed into the LSM office to count towards your curiculum.

Doctoral students from outside the LSM are permitted to participate in our transferable skills courses, should there be a course of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact the LSM office.

Cancellation policy:

Once you have registered for a course provided by the LSM, you will be held responsible to participate or you will be unable to attend any further workshop provided by the LSM and/or surrounding graduate programmes. Please give at least 24hours notice to the LSM office before the course, should you be unable to attend, so that another student may take your place. Should you fall ill on the day of the course, a doctor’s note is necessary.


The GraduateCenter-LMU also offers courses which are open to all LSM students. For details visit

Previous transferable skills courses


If available, course descriptions are provided by clicking on the name of the workshop.

  • Communication and Team by Sabine Lerch 13th & 14th of December 2016
  • Scientific Writing: Scientific Craft by Dr. Brian Cusack 27th & 28th of October 2016.
  • Grant proposal writing: Scientific Craft-instructed by Dr.Cusack and Dr. Babette Regierer. 10th & 11th March 2016.
  • Presentation skills: M.A. Sabine Lerch, 14th & 15th of January 2016.
  • Rhetoric skills and practice: "How to convince with a talk at an academic conference"- Dr Susanne Frölich-Steffen 29th-30th of January 2015 Full description of the course please click here.
  • Leadership skills- M.A. Sabine Lerch 11th-12th of February 2015. For a full description please click here.