Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors

Date of Live Event: Wednesday, June 3, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time. Recording available soon after.

This webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to perform excellent peer reviews and write articles that pass peer review. You will learn about the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) peer review process, the importance of peer reviewers to research in our field, and ways to find your strengths as a peer reviewer and an author.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe JMLA's peer review process 
  • Recognize the important role of JMLA peer reviewers
  • Differentiate strong and weak peer review comments
  • Construct excellent peer review comments according to JMLA guidelines


This webinar is designed for librarians at all experience levels. No knowledge of peer review is required to attend. Anyone interested in learning about the peer review process and/or improving their peer review skills is recommended to attend.


Jill Barr-WalkerJill Barr-Walker is a clinical librarian at the ZSFG Library, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, part of the University of California–San Francisco, as well as assistant editor for JMLA. She has published seventeen peer-reviewed articles, and her current research involves information-seeking behavior around abortion, impostor syndrome among health sciences librarians, sexual harassment in academic libraries, and how medical library workers cope with the death of library patrons.

Katherine Goold Akers is a biomedical research and data specialist at the Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, with expertise in literature searching, systematic reviews, scholarly writing and publishing, assessment of research impact, and research data management. She is the editor-in-chief of JMLA. Akers was trained as a behavioral neuroscientist and studied connections between brain function and learning and memory.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, June 3, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

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