How to be a critical but constructive friend: reviewing and refereeing for journal articles and conference papers

For library and faculty staff from LIS and cognate areas who are interested in becoming reviewers for JIL and LILAC.

The course, facilitated by Susie Andretta, aims to explore the role of the reviewer in ascertaining the quality of a paper and to demonstrate the critical appraisal practices that a reviewer should employ to fulfil such a role.

Date: 19 January 2011

Venue: 5th floor meetings room, Main Library, Birmingham University

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

1. Assess a paper according to the following critical appraisal criteria:

·         Appropriateness of title and abstract
·         Quality of arguments (cohesion and style)
·         Use of evidence (from theory or practice), including citations and visual data
·         Referencing (consistency and accuracy)

2. Identify the audience targeted by the paper and establish whether the arguments are pitched at the level appropriate to its readership.

3. Produce a review for a paper and present it to the other participants.


10.30-11.00 Registration
11.00-12.30 Introduction to evaluative strategies and practice on criteria for critical appraisal
12.30-1.15 Lunch
1.15-4.00 Hands-on experience of reviewing a paper and reflection of the reviews produced (including coffee break)

The event is free but places are limited to 12 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To book please contact Geoff Walton at: by 3 December 2011.

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