Peer review, an integral part of scientific publishing, ensures the validity, reliability, and quality of academic papers, and plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity and trustworthiness of scholarly publications, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in all disciplines. Navigating the complexities of the peer review process can prove to be a daunting task.

LSA is committed to reinforcing the significance of this rigorous process, and its Ethics Committee is organizing a symposium on “the ethics of peer review in linguistics” during the 2024 LSA Annual Meeting, which will take place in person in New York City from 4-7 January 2024. In addition, the Ethics Committee is organizing three webinars on February 8, 14, and 21, 2024. The webinar series is a new initiative to provide LSA members and linguists with professional development opportunities. These three webinars on ethics and peer review aim to enhance participants’ understanding of the peer review process and provide practical guidance on conducting and handling peer review.

What authors need to know about peer review

Wednesday, 21 Feb 2024 at 2-3 PM ET

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In the third webinar, participants will gain essential insights into the initial steps required when faced with reviewer feedback, acquiring the necessary skills to craft a response letter that strikes the appropriate tone and employs professional and persuasive language. Furthermore, this webinar seeks to cultivate a deeper understanding of the editorial and reviewer perspectives, allowing participants to identify any shortcomings or errors in their manuscripts before submission. Ultimately, this webinar serves as a platform for enlightening participants on editors’ true aspirations and expectations, thus enabling a balanced playing field and facilitating successful publication.

  • Chair: Claire Bowern (Yale University)
  • Speakers:
    • Elaine J Francis (Purdue University): Revising your manuscript and crafting an effective response letter
    • Kai von Fintel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): The true aspirations and expectations of editors
    • Joe Salmons (University of Wisconsin – Madison): Common reasons for rejection

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively manage reviewer comments in order to improve their manuscripts and increase their chances of publication.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the editorial and reviewer perspectives to anticipate better and address potential concerns.
  • Identify and address shortcomings or errors in their manuscripts before submission.
  • Develop an understanding of editors’ true aspirations and expectations to navigate the peer review process successfully.

Overall, in addition to learning about peer review in general, participants will also have the opportunity to see their own manuscripts through the eyes of an editor and reviewer, which will help them to identify any potential shortfalls or mistakes before submitting their manuscript for publication.

These webinars are ideal for researchers of all levels who want to learn more about peer review and how to participate in this crucial process.