Peer review and writing manuscripts - a joint course with CUSO

26-27 and 30-31 May 2016 (4 days)


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


To prepare a scientific publication.

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 7 April 2016 and must submit their written evaluation to Prof. McNeil no later than 29 April 2016.

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 6 May 2016.
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:  26-27 May & 30-31 May 2016  (4 days)

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Location: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail,

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

Registration fee: free. Lunch is included for CUSO E&E and Dp-biol Neuchâtel participants

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology: see reimbursement conditions
For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution: see CUSO E&E web site

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students, however priority is given to Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (IDPOB) and CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution (DPEE) participants until 28 February 2016.
    Minimum number of participants: 8, maximum: 12.
  • This course is free, however the effective cost is approx. CHF 600.00 per person. Therefore a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration through the web only: Course full.  Please indicate your field of research in the Remark field (chemical ecology, physiology, molecular biology, etc...)

Deadline: 15 April 2016

Please note: Cancellation fee until 15 April free of charge, from 16 April or no show up CHF 200.