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Manuscript Review

coldsweat

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    My advisor asked me to write a manuscript review that a journal had requested her to perform. My advisor edited it and checked that she agreed with my criticisms before submitting it. Is there any way I can put this experience on my CV? I ask because technically my advisor is the reviewer of name, not me. I am not looking to pad my CV - there's other things we do for our advisors behind the scenes that are not necessarily on our CV. But I am interested in pursuing academic positions in the future and thought that showing that I have experience reviewing manuscripts could be helpful. But maybe I'm misguided, or hiring committees naturally expect that you have experience reviewing manuscripts without it being on your CV.
     

    thewesternsky

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      To be honest, the way this should have been done is:

      1) Your advisor checks with the editor to see if it's okay that (s)he does the review in collaboration with a grad student
      2) THEN you write the review
      3) You both sign
      4) You put this on your CV as an "ad hoc reviewer"

      Given steps 1-3 weren't done totally transparently, though, I'm not sure if you can do Step 4. :( Sorry!
       
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      Member1928

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        I had a heading on my CV for Reviewing & Editorial Experience. Under that I listed such activities as Ad hoc mentored review followed by the year and the name of the journal. I don't like having just one entry under a heading so I would talk to your advisor about perhaps reviewing another manuscript in the not too distant future. I would also make sure that your advisor has permission from the editor to co-reivew the manuscript with a graduate student, as was stated earlier. At that point I would list them both regardless of how your mentor handled the situation previously.

        As an aside I removed all the Ad hoc mentored reviews from my CV after internship and before applying to postdoc. It felt a bit to juvenile at that point....
         

        CogNeuroGuy

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          My advisor asked me to write a manuscript review that a journal had requested her to perform. My advisor edited it and checked that she agreed with my criticisms before submitting it. Is there any way I can put this experience on my CV? I ask because technically my advisor is the reviewer of name, not me. I am not looking to pad my CV - there's other things we do for our advisors behind the scenes that are not necessarily on our CV. But I am interested in pursuing academic positions in the future and thought that showing that I have experience reviewing manuscripts could be helpful. But maybe I'm misguided, or hiring committees naturally expect that you have experience reviewing manuscripts without it being on your CV.

          I also would like to know how this helps someone's CV, especially in application to a doctoral program. My mentor told me that he would be having me review some manuscripts in the next couple of weeks. It looks like providing a subsection within "manuscripts" and labeling it as "ad-hoc reviewer" is the most appropriate way to display this experience. Any thoughts?
           

          AcronymAllergy

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            I also would like to know how this helps someone's CV, especially in application to a doctoral program. My mentor told me that he would be having me review some manuscripts in the next couple of weeks. It looks like providing a subsection within "manuscripts" and labeling it as "ad-hoc reviewer" is the most appropriate way to display this experience. Any thoughts?

            I personally wouldn't include it in the manuscripts/publications section. The it's structured on mine is that I have a separate section for editorial/review activities, or something like that.
             
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