Peer review and writing manuscripts

31 March-1 April & 12-13 April 2010 (4 days)


Professor Jeremy N. McNeil, University of Western Ontario, Canada

content and pre-course assignment

Students will receive two different manuscripts to review (following the guideline " instructions to referees" from a major international journal) by February 15th, 2010 and must submit their written evaluation to Prof. McNeil no later than March 12th, 2010.

During the course the manuscripts will be discussed, both for general scientific content (recognizing that the different papers will not be specific research fields of the students enrolled in the course) as well as the format used to present the material.

Each student will also prepare a point form outline of a paper based on their own research, clearly showing what information they will place in each section of the manuscript. This is to be sent to Prof. McNeil as a Power Point presentation by March 19th, 2010.
This must be prepared by the student and not based on a paper that has already been published or submitted for publication.

Each one will be discussed during the course.

Through these two exercises we will examine general rules related to the preparation of a scientific publication.

general information

Dates:  4 days => 31 March-1 April and 12-13 April 2010 (2x 2 days)

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Location: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building C (Animalerie), room 001

Credit points: 2.5 credit point (Communication)

Evaluation: Active participation including preparation (home work as described; please note the deadlines)

Information: Please contact Jeremy McNeil or the doctoral program coordinator Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses: participants of the doctoral program are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.


This course is opened to all Ph.D. students with priority to doctoral program participants until 1 December 2009.
Minimum number of participants: 8, maximum: 15. Course full.  

This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 500.00 per person. Therefore a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration through the web only: closed

NEW cancellation policy (CHF 200)