Online Speed Reviews – Peer Review Awareness Week

Are you planning to submit a paper? Do you have questions about how to improve your project? If you are a student or early-career researcher and interested in this opportunity, book an online web meeting session during our

Peer Review Awareness week, 23-27th November 2020!

The Peer Review Awareness Week will start off with an introductory online talk given by Journal of Neurochemistry’s Editor-in-Chief Jörg B. Schulz on Monday, 23rd November 2020, providing an overview and hands-on advice on how to write a good paper that allows referees to adequately assess the scientific content.

If you like to see a specific aspect of peer review covered, you can also contact with queries.


What is a Speed Review Session?

An online speed review is an opportunity to book a web session to talk to a senior editor at JNeurochem about your manuscript or project idea.  You’ll get 15-30 minutes to discuss any concerns or clarify any doubts, and to receive general feedback on your project or manuscript submission by one of our Editors. We will try to match your topic as closely as possible to the expertise of our volunteer “mentors”. You don’t need a full draft manuscript to participate. A figure or a description of a key finding will suffice to center the discussion. If you do have a full manuscript or close-to-finalized draft, you are of course, welcome to submit it for discussion. To allow our Editors time to prepare for the meeting, we will ask you to provide the material (summary, draft) several weeks in advance of the web session.

Once material has been sent or submitted (e.g. via, which allows to create a private, link-shared deposition), and the Editor had time to review it, you will be sent a link to log into an online web call with your assigned Editor. You will then be able to discuss and receive feedback on your project in preparation of submitting it as a manuscript to a scientific journal.

Should you decide to participate, there is no obligation to submit to JNeurochem. We provide these sessions gladly as a service to our community.


Where and when will the Speed Review Session be held?

Date: Last week of November (23-27th November 2020)

Time: Will be scheduled for you and your assigned Editor depending on both participants’ availability, time schedules and time zones. The introductory talk is currently scheduled for Monday, 23-Nov-2020, 13:00 MEZ (12:00 UTC; 07:00 EDT Washington D.C. time, 21:00 JST Tokio time, t.b.c.),

Deadline for application: 15th October 2020


Are there any costs involved?

We offer the Speed Review session slots free of charge to any participant of the ISN Biennial Meeting in Montreal. There is no cost involved for you for the web conference software or charges for the meeting call, other than your local telecommunication/internet costs that you will have to cover yourself, if any.


How do I sign up?

If you’d like to participate, you should have a brief description of your finding and/or figure(s), or a concise summary of your manuscript ready to upload. Then, please send an email to by 15th October 2020, including

  • the manuscript draft, proposal or any other relevant materials for your project.

Of course, all materials will be treated confidentially by our team and editors and only be used for the purpose of providing you with advice on your proposal/project. For the best control over the files, and circumventing file size limitations in email attachments, we recommend creating a link to a file share server but please note that platforms like WeTransfer, Dropbox etc. may provide limited access and security. Our recommendation is the free Center for Open Science platform Open Science Frame (OSF) ( ) as it allows to set up a project and include a wiki for explanations on your files.

This material will help our Senior Editors prepare to give you the best advice possible.

  1. Your name,
  2. Affiliation,
  3. The subfield that best fits your work:
    • Gene Regulation & Genetics
    • Brain Development & Cell Differentiation
    •  Signal Transduction & Synaptic Transmission
    •  Bioenergetics & Metabolism
    • Neuroinflammation & Neuroimmunology
    • Neuronal Plasticity & Behavior
    •  Molecular Basis of Disease
    •  Clinical Studies, Biomarkers & Imaging


Journal of Neurochemistry’s Editorial Office will review your materials to find an appropriate Editor match, and follow up with further instructions.