Peer Review Matters: Understanding The Peer Review Process and How to Write an Effective Review


Peer Review Matters: Understanding The Peer Review Process and How to Write an Effective Review

Hosted By: Fundamental Laser Sciences Technical Group

12 June 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

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What is peer review? Do we need it? How do I become a reviewer? How do I perform a helpful review of a manuscript? What are the benefits to the author, the technical community, and me as a reviewer? What are my responsibilities? All of these questions, and more will be answered during this webinar.

In this webinar, hosted by the OSA Fundamental Laser Sciences Technical Group, Dr. Kenneth L. Schepler of the University of Central Florida, and an associate editor for the OSA journal Optical Materials Express, will discuss the vital reasons why peer review helps maintain integrity within the scientific community. The presenter will share details on how to perform a review that is helpful to authors, editors, and the general public. Peer review is the first and primary check on correctness and significance of submitted manuscripts. Research and technical experts have the responsibility to perform thorough and thoughtful peer reviews. 

What You Will Learn:

  • How to write a review that is genuinely helpful to the editor and the authors
  • How participating in peer-review helps to keep you technically engaged, broadens your scientific horizons, and advances your career

Who Should Attend:

  •  Students 
  • Early-career professionals 



Dr. Kenneth L. Schepler, University of Central Florida
Dr. Kenneth L. Schelper is a Research Professor at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida and an Associate Editor for Optical Materials Express. He currently conducts research on the development of fiber and wave-guide based infrared laser sources. Kenneth has a BS in Physics from Michigan State University and MS and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Michigan. He served 32 years at the Air Force Research Laboratory, has over 100 publications, written numerous conference papers, and participated in several invited talks. Kenneth received the Air Force Civilian Achievement Award for research and development of infrared laser technology transitioned to operational use in USAF aircraft. He is a Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory and The Optical Society.