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FMF3036 Reviewing Scientific Articles 3.0 credits

Reviewing scientific articles is one of the most important activities for all scholars. You support your peers in developing better publications and, through that, help your scientific community make progress. You help yourself become a better author, by reviewing others’ papers and receiving reviews of your own work. Reviewing is something that must and can be learned. This course help young academics make the first step in their reviewing career and focus on the process, good reviewer practice and hands on practice.

Course offerings are missing for current or upcoming semesters.
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FMF3036 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is organized in 3 different seminars as well as preparations in the form of reading and homework.
The course focuses on:
introduction to the publication and review process, review practices and how to review articles, ethics and practical exercises to review articles.Each student receives clear feedback on the review tasks included.

Intended learning outcomes

After finished the course the students should be able to:

  • Be aware of good reviewing practices and ethics
  • Know how to analyze and evaluate scientific papers
  • Be able to skillfully develop reviews of scientific papers, and to justify and motivate reviewer recommendations to editor(s) and author(s)

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is primarily open to young scholars (PhD students, postdocs, early career assistant professors), working in the fields of creativity, innovation management and related areas. 

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL1 - Participation in 3 seminars, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • UPP1 - Written reports: review, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Machine Design