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PREPSS (Pre-Publication Support Service) Peer Reviewer Training Program

by Public Health Update


Pre-Publication Support Service (PREPSS) provides manuscript development and writing support to health researchers from low- and middle-income countries. The service works with authors to improve their manuscripts to be competitive submissions for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals. The authors are not charged for these services. The work we do at PREPSS helps make global health research more equitable.


The program will help you develop the skills necessary to provide high-quality and respectful feedback to researchers on their manuscripts. After the training, you will join over 97 volunteer peer reviewers at PREPSS. Involvement as a PREPSS peer reviewer requires a commitment of completing 2 peer reviews per year.

The following requirements must be met in order to complete the program:

Educational requirements: The peer reviewer training program is for PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows in public health or a similar field, and medical residents with a research focus. All participants must have first-authored a published journal article. 

Participants MUST complete all of the following to join the training and become a peer-reviewer:

1) A 1.5-hour orientation (choose between attending live or watching recording afterwards)

2) Practice review (will take between 1-3 hours based on past participant feedback)

3) A 4-hour hands-on training session where you will interact in real time with your training cohort and work with an example manuscript. 

Details about PREPSS Peer-Reviewer Training Program:

Day 1 (Orientation):
Tuesday October 10th 12-1:30pm EDT (Zoom). This orientation will be recorded so you can attend live on Zoom or view the recording if you are unable to attend during this time. The orientation will cover important information about PREPSS, your role as a peer-reviewer for PREPSS, what to expect on day 2 of the training session and explanation of required tasks to complete prior to day 2 of training.

Practice Review:
To be completed by October 24th. You will be asked to provide feedback on a practice manuscript which will used for day 2 of the training session. You must upload your comments by October 24th to be eligible for day 2 of training (we will send the Zoom link for day 2 upon receipt of your completed practice activity).

Day 2 (Training) Pick One:

Friday October 27th 1-5pm EDT (Zoom)


Friday November 3rd 7-11am EDT (Zoom)

One of these two sessions must be attended live on Zoom to complete the program.


Step 1: Complete this application form (below) and submit by Thursday, October 5, 2023. Completion of the application does not guarantee your selection as a peer-reviewer.

Step 2: Selected applicants will complete our 2-day training program to become peer-reviewers for PREPSS.

Step 3: As a PREPSS peer reviewer, you will be expected to review 2 papers per year.

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