Becoming a systematic review editor or peer reviewer for journals


Workshop session 3: Wednesday, 16:00-17:30

Workshop category: 

  • Improving conduct and reporting of syntheses (including teaching and learning)


Date and Location


Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 16:00 to 17:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Kristina Lindsley
Tianjing Li


Dickersin K1
1 Cochrane Eyes and Vision, USA
Target audience

Target audience: 

Individuals who are involved or interested in serving as a systematic review editor or peer reviewing for journals

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Objectives: To provide training and guidance for people who want to serve as systematic review editors or peer reviewers for journals as a mechanism for improving the quality of systematic reviews. We will present and discuss our experience in Cochrane Eyes and Vision (CEV) as an example.

Description: We will complete a hands-on exercise to demonstrate common issues encountered during the editorial and peer-review process. Participants will work in small groups to critically appraise excerpts from manuscripts of systematic reviews. Together, we will work to identify useful approaches for summarizing and communicating comments so as to be helpful to authors and editors. Exercise materials will be made available for those registered prior to the workshop in order to facilitate discussion of issues.

For discussion, we will present our experience of having CEV editors serve as systematic-review editors and peer reviewers for specialty journals in eyes and vision. We will share the expectations, challenges, and benefits that we have come across while engaging in partnerships with journals. We will introduce and provide participants with useful tools for assessing the quality of systematic reviews, such as the MECIR, ROBIS, PRISMA, and AMSTAR checklists, and links to web-based training.