Survive the Peer Review

How to Identify and Correct Common Pitfalls in Your Manuscript Before Submission
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June 30, 2021 9:00am - 1:00pm
Free for NCFR members and CFLE / $89 for nonmembers
Virtual workshop
Wendy Middlemiss and Joseph Grzywacz
Family Relations Editor Wendy Middlemiss (left) and Deputy Editor Joseph Grzywacz

Key to advancing science is being able to share knowledge. Key to sharing knowledge is being able to write up our findings for publication. Success in manuscript writing and publication requires strong writing skills. This is one reason why academic programs and faculty success offices often focus on writing and manuscript preparation. Despite preparation in academic writing and practice in manuscript preparation, a qualitative evaluation of reviewer recommendations suggests there are common pitfalls experienced by scholarly writers—pitfalls that can be barriers to successful publication. These pitfalls can appear in the writing of both established and emerging researchers, family practitioners, and international scholars.

In this interactive workshop, attendees will be first introduced to common pitfalls in manuscript preparation through the presentation of what are common reviewer comments and recommendations. Following this step in the workshop, attendees will be assigned to small groups and engage in two interactive, hands-on activities with senior reviewers. Afterwards, attendees have opportunities to ask questions to editor office including editor, associate editor, deputy editor, and editorial assistant. The information shared, and critical awareness and skills developed in this multi-part, half-day workshop will provide our community of Family Science scholars with tools to improve the quality of their future manuscripts.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will:

  • Describe common pitfalls in manuscript preparation and related reviewer recommendations.
  • Identify common pitfalls and possible corrections across each manuscript section, i.e., Literature Review, Research Questions, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Implications.
  • Analyze areas in need of revision in their manuscript writing and describe how to make the necessary corrections to strengthen their research report.
  • Understand steps to start developing the capacity to produce manuscripts clearly meeting the high standards set by peer-reviewers and journals.

Presented by the editorial staff of Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science: Editor Wendy Middlemiss, Ph.D., CFLE; Deputy Editor Joseph G. Grzywacz, Ph.D.; and editorial assistants Lauren Eaton and He Xiao.

Participating reviewers: Brandan Wheeler, Brenda L. Bass , Cassandra Chaney, and Melissa A. Barnett

Approved for 3 CFLE hours of continuing education credit

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