In connection with the Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing, on November 26 there will be a workshop about the standards of peer review from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The target group for the workshop is journal editors. We also welcome administrative staff involved in technical support for journals, and researchers who would like to learn more about peer review standards.

“All peer review processes must be transparently described and well managed. Journals should provide training for editors and reviewers and have policies on diverse aspects of peer review, especially with respect to adoption of appropriate models of review and processes for handling conflicts of interest, appeals and disputes that may arise in peer review.” (, accessed June 14, 2019)


The workshop will take place on Tromsø campus, TEO (HUS 1), rom 1.425.


The workshop is fully booked, registration for the workshop has closed.



26 November 2019

11:00–11:30Introduction to COPE and publication ethics
11:30–11:45Introduction to Standards of Peer Review
12:30–12:40Editor perspectives of peer review
12:40–13:40Interactive case discussion
13:40–14:00Summary and Q&A
14:00–14:10Reviewer and author perspectives of peer review
14:10–15:10Interactive case discussion
15:10–15:30Summary and Q&A


Workshop leaders

Howard Browman

Howard Browman is a Principal Research Scientist at the Institute of Marine Research in Norway. Howard has 23 years of experience as an editor of marine science journals and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the ICES Journal of Marine Science since 2012. He is a long-time member of the Council of Science Editor’s Editorial Policy Committee and has been a member of the Committee on Publication Ethic’s Council since 2017.
Mirjam Curno

Mirjam oversees the Publishing Division at Frontiers, including Journal Development and Peer Review. She joined Frontiers in 2014 as Journal Manager, led the Frontiers Editorial Office from 2015 and became Publishing Director in 2019. Mirjam trained in molecular biology, earning a PhD from the University of Dundee, Scotland. She continued her research there as a postdoc, then worked on anti-viral immunity at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland supported by a postdoctoral fellowship. In 2010 she transitioned into academic publishing, running the open-access Journal of the International AIDS Society as Managing Editor and attaining board-certification as editor in the life sciences. Mirjam was an elected council member and trustee of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) from 2012-2019, and has experience in giving scientific writing and publication ethics workshops.