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Become A Better Research Reviewer


by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP and CARMA Offer Free Online Sessions to Sharpen Your Skills

SIOP is collaborating with CARMA, the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis, to present three live international panels on reviewer development on Wednesday, August 22. The live sessions are part of a workshop series offering the opportunity for conference, journal, and grant reviewers to learn and improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities related to reviewing.

SIOP Past President Fred Oswald said, “It's not an exaggeration to suggest that the more SIOP members who attend workshops like this one, the better our science and practice will be in the long run."

The live panels, open to all interested parties, will be held at 4:30pm EDT, 5:15pm EDT, and 6pm EDT on August 22, 2018.

Five SIOP members, including Oswald, Tine Koehler, and SIOP Fellows Paul Bliese, Steven Rogelberg, and Bob Vandenberg are panelists. They are joined by Jane Le, Janaki Gooty, April Wright, and Ernest O’Boyle.

CARMA is an interdisciplinary consortium hosted by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, devoted to helping faculty, graduate students and professionals learn of current developments in statistics and research methods. The research focus is on topics relevant to management and organizational sciences.

The SIOP/CARMA Introductory Reviewer Development Workshop, including the August 22 panels, came about because CARMA and SIOP share an interest in supporting and improving the quality of research and publication standards. 

George Banks, Associate Professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte is a member of SIOP’s Education and Training Committee and the ad hoc Committee for the Advancement of Professional Ethics. He is one of the panel organizers.

SIOP’s task force on Robust and Reliable Science, included reviewer development as a target for improvement efforts in the report presented to the Executive Board in April 2017. Simultaneously, CARMA had also been interested in providing support for basic reviewer development.

Banks said the groups came together to pursue their mutual interest. “A competency model was created to support and guide subsequent training activities. For instance,” he continued, “SIOP needs the support of a lot of reviewers for the annual conference submissions. This training will serve to help provide high quality reviewers for that effort.”

The workshop was developed to introduce those with no or limited experience an introduction to basic reviewer competencies via readings and videos. It can also serve as a useful refresher for more experienced reviewers.

Fred Oswald observed, “Even smart people who have been shopping before (e.g., you) use grocery lists to remember what to buy. Likewise, this CARMA workshop serves as a reminder of the important elements of reviewing a manuscript, in order to best inform the authors' writing and the editor's decision.”

More information regarding the live panels and training can be found here:

http://carmarmep.org/siop-carma-reviewer-series/  Please contact George Banks for additional information at gbanks3@uncc.edu