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The GENETICS Peer Review Training Program

For Early Career Scientist Members of the Genetics Society of America

Application Deadline: July 31, 2019

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Program Description

To enhance the professional development of early career scientists the GENETICS Editorial Board and the GSA Publications Committee is pleased to offer a training program in scientific reviewing.

Participants receive training in manuscript reviewing and serve as peer reviewers for manuscripts submitted to GENETICS.

Participants attend a virtual orientation where they learn about:

  • History of peer review

  • Principles and purpose of peer review

  • Journey of a manuscript at GENETICS

  • Scope of GENETICS and G3

  • Guidelines and best practices

Participants also participate in virtual training sessions where they:

  • Learn to dissect a manuscript

  • Conduct a practice manuscript review

  • Receive personalized feedback on their practice review

After training, participants will take part in the peer review process at GENETICS, reviewing real manuscripts that match their expertise for a period of up to two years. They are treated like any reviewer; they receive all correspondence from the associate editor, including the decision letter and the other reviews. The editors also provide feedback to the early career reviewer to help them improve.

In partnership with the GSA Early Career Scientist Leadership program, participants are also invited to:

  • Present their research in an online seminar series for an audience of journal editors, established investigators, peer review participants, and early career leaders

  • Participate in our virtual career development seminar series to explore topics including:

    • Mock interviews

    • Drafting a cover letter, teaching statement, diversity statement, and other job materials

    • Effective use of an Individual Development Plan

    • And more


GSA members, including senior graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculty are invited to apply. Applicants should have published at least one peer-reviewed manuscript, preferably as the first author.

Program details

Time commitment: After completing five hours of virtual training, the time commitment is flexible according to your availability to review.

Program length: 1–2 years, depending on your needs

Location: All trainings and meetings occur online, no travel required.

Selection process

We seek a range of applicants, including early career scientists in academia, biotech, publishing, and non-profit. Some successful applicants may have significant experience in reviewing manuscripts whereas others will not. All participants will have previously published their own research in a peer reviewed journal. Selections will be made by a committee composed of journal editors and early career scientist GSA members. All applicants will be notified within 8 weeks of the application deadline about the status of their application.


  • A current CV, including publication list

  • A statement of interest in the program (maximum 250 words)

  • A short description of prior experience in scientific reviewing (maximum 250 words)

  • Indicate which journal section(s) match your area of expertise (maximum 3):

    • Cellular Genetics

    • Complex Traits

    • Developmental & Behavioral Genetics

    • Gene Expression

    • Genome Integrity & Transmission

    • Genome & Systems Biology

    • Methods, Technology and Resources

    • Statistical Genetics & Genomics

    • Empirical Population Genetics

    • Theoretical Population Genetics

Learn more about the impetus for the program from GENETICS Editor-in-Chief Mark Johnston. Learn more about the successful program pilot.

Read about the program in The Scientist.

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