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How to Be a Peer Reviewer Webinar

Considering becoming a reviewer or getting more involved with peer review? Our free webinar will guide you through the process of conducting peer review, including how to get started, basic principles of reviewing articles, what journal editors expect from reviewers, and important considerations such as research ethics and reviewer responsibilities.

Jennifer Lovick, Executive Editor of Cancer Control and Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment and Bailey Baumann, Managing Editor of SAGE Open will present on this topic along with a panel of peer review specialists and journal Editors from various disciplines to help answer your questions about the peer review process and what to expect as a reviewer.

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Guest Speakers

Jennifer Lovick, PhD, is a Senior Managing Editor on the Open Access Journals team at SAGE Publishing in Thousand Oaks, California. She received a BS in Biological Sciences from California Lutheran University and a PhD in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. After graduating in 2015, she completed a short post-doc at UCLA before joining SAGE Publishing in the fall of 2016. She currently serves as the Executive Editor, managing day-to-day operations, editorial decision making, and journal growth, of two well-established Open Access cancer research journals, Cancer Control and Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment. She also manages a small team of in-house Managing Editors each responsible for serving as Executive Editors as well as liaising with Editors-in-Chief of a small, but growing collection of life science and biomedical open access journals.

Bailey Baumann is a Managing Editor on the Open Access Journals team at SAGE Publishing in Thousand Oaks, California. She holds a BA from Georgetown University in Classics and an MS from the University of Southern California in Geographic Information Science and Technology. She currently manages the journal SAGE Open, which is an open access mega-journal spanning the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences. She works with teams of Editors and Peer Review Associates to manage peer review for the journal’s growing volume of submissions. Her interests are in using data and Lean principles to conduct peer review more efficiently and maintaining standards for publishing ethics and quality in online environments. 



Sam Perkins is a Peer Review Manager at SAGE Publishing, working to optimize systems and support for authors, editors and reviewers. They are a founding member of SAGE's Research Integrity Group and specialize in publication ethics and peer-review best practice. Sam has an MA in Publishing, was shortlisted for London Book Fair's Trailblazer Awards and won the whitefox Unsung Heroes of Publishing Award.




Mary Beth Genter, PhD has been an academic toxicologist since completing PhD studies at Duke University and postdoctoral training at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology. Although Dr. Genter is interested in many areas of science, her passion is in neurotoxicology and neurodegenerative diseases. She has been in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati since 1999, and Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Toxicology since 2008. 


Stephen L. Kates, MD serves as the John Cardea Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. In this role, he chairs a Department of 47 outstanding orthopedic surgeons and physicians, 25 orthopedic residents and four orthopedic fellows. Dr. Kates serves as the Principal Investigator for the AO Trauma CPP Bone Infection program project grant. This grant investigates bone infection with multiple Murine and human clinical projects. He is also a co-Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health P50 program grant on osteoimmunology, a grant that is shared between The University of Rochester and Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves as site PI for several other large national grants sponsored by PCORI and AHRQ. Dr. Kates has published numerous book chapters, two large edited books, two monographs and 146 peer-reviewed publications. He has lectured extensively in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America on numerous orthopedic topics including bone infection, geriatric orthopedic surgery, osteoporotic fracture care, and system of care improvement. Dr. Kates is also the editor-in-chief of Geriatric Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, a journal focused on the improvement of care for older adults with orthopedic conditions.


Maria Natasha Rajah, PhD is a tenured Full Professor at McGill University with appointments in both the Departments of Psychiatry and of Psychology and is a CIHR Sex and Gender Chair in Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction. Dr. Rajah serves as Editor-in-Chief for the journal Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition; Senior Editor for the Cognition and Computation sections for the journal Brain Research; and recently joined as an Associate Editor for Psychological Science. Her research program uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to understand the neurobiology of memory, aging and dementia. She is currently studying sex differences in brain aging and cognition, with an emphasis on understanding the effect of menopause on brain function at midlife. She received a prestigious Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Salary Award from the Institute of Aging for 2007-2012, and a Junior 2 Fonds de Research Quebec – Sante Research Scientist Award (2013-2015). In 2012 she was selected as one of Quebec Science’s Top 50 Scientists under the age of 50 yrs and more recently in 2019 she received Women in Cognitive Science Canada Mentorship Award, and the Haile T. Debas Prize at McGill University for her work toward supporting equity and diversity at the Faculty of Medicine.