ESOR & ESR Journals workshop

Advancing Excellence in Manuscript Review

esor/ESR workshop on

review of manuscripts

Programme Coordinator

Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati
Editor-in-chief Insights into Imaging

09 – 10 September, 2024

Valencia, Spain

What to expect

This workshop is targeted at last-year residents and board-certified radiologists already involved in reviewing radiology manuscripts who are looking to improve, in a collaborative way, the most relevant skills to help authors produce the best papers. In an era where the precision, clarity, and innovation of imaging-related improvements’ dissemination are paramount, the role of a skilled reviewer has never been more crucial. This workshop is tailored to empower reviewers with advanced tools, insights, and methodologies to critically evaluate the design of radiology manuscripts.

This intense two-day programme is designed to update knowledge and skills in manuscript reviewing including: population description, recruitment, flowchart design, data splitting strategies, study designs and methodology, bias identification and control methods, Large Language Models and their impact on scientific publishing, creating a relevant bibliography and reviewing the references, graphical abstracts, essentials for figures/tables/illustrations, and reviewing revised manuscripts.

Renowned European editors will deliver a high-quality teaching programme, combining lectures and hands-on workshops.

Your host & Venue

Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati

Titulations, etc.

Venue will be announced soon!

ADEIT Fundación Universidad-Empresa

Plaza Virgen de la Paz, 3
Ciutat Vella, 46001
Valencia, Spain

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Prof. Ursula Reiter
University Hospital of Graz

Prof. Christian Loewe
Medical University of Vienna

In cooperation with


  • Interactive Sessions: Engage in live review sessions where you’ll apply new techniques to evaluate actual manuscripts (anonymized for privacy).
  • Expert Panels: Hear from leading radiologists and seasoned editors on the nuances of evaluating radiological research and innovative design.
  • Peer Review Simulations: Participate in mock review scenarios to practice constructive critiques and decision-making.
  • Feedback Mechanisms: Learn how to provide feedback that is both helpful and encouraging to authors, fostering an environment of growth and improvement.

Benefits of Attending

  • Elevate your Expertise: Become a more proficient and sought-after reviewer in the radiology community.
  • Contribute to Science: Play a pivotal role in advancing radiological research by ensuring only the highest quality studies are published.
  • Professional Development: Enhance your CV and professional standing with recognized workshop participation and potential future roles in editorial boards.

the Programme will be announced soon


*all times given in local time in Valencia, Spain
09:00 – 09:30Arrival and Coffee
09:30– 09:55

Welcome & Introduction – Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati (Valencia, Spain)


  • To understand the lifecycle of a manuscript
  • General introduction to peer review
  • To learn how to check the presentation letter
  • To consider the concept of critical thinking
  • To understanding how to check the hypothesis and objectives
09:55 – 10:20

Fostering Ethical Reviewing – Prof. Jose M. Garcia Santos (Murcia, Spain)


  • To be introduced to publication ethics
  • To understand ethical and unethical author behaviour 
  • To learn about duplication, redundancy, overlaps, and salami-slicing
  • To understand when and how to obtain ethics board approval
10:20 – 10:45

Role of the Reviewer – Prof. Rossano Girometti (Udine, Italy)


  • To learn what makes an ideal review?
  • To learn to provide constructive suggestions to authors and editors, avoiding destructive comments 
  • To learn how to review a revised manuscript
10:45– 11:00Short Break
11:00– 11:25

Evaluating Research – Prof. Francesco Sardanelli (Milan, Italy)


  • To learn about different types of articles
  • To understand how articles are structured
  • To appreciate methods as core business
  • To consider other article types: systematic reviews and meta-analyses
11:25– 11:50

Fundamentals of Methodological Design – Prof. Francesco Sardanelli (Milan, Italy)


  • To understand internal and external validity
  • To consider confounding factors
  • To understand good data presentation
11:50 – 12:00Short Break
12:00 – 12:45


Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati (Valencia, Spain)

Francesco Sardanelli (Milan, Italy)

12:45 – 13:45


Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati (Valencia, Spain)

Francesco Sardanelli (Milan, Italy)

13:45– 14:45Lunch Break
14:45 – 15:10

Reporting Guidelines – Prof. Giulia Zamboni (Verona, Italy)


  • To consider diversity of data (equity, balance, race, and ethical issues)
  • To understand how to use reporting guidelines (including Equator network, AI, CLEAR)
15:10 – 15:35

Powerful Statistics – Dr. Caterina Monti (Milan, Italy)


  • To understand sample size for data reliability, diagnostic performance, screening testing, predictive models, and therapy studies
  • To understand the significance of a p-value
  • To learn when to ask a statistician
15:35 – 16:00

Bias Identification and Control Methods – Prof. Giulia Zamboni (Verona, Italy)


  • To consider biases in every step of research: the hypothesis, methods, results, and analysis
  • To evaluate the relevance of confounding variables
16:00– 16:15Short Break
16:15 – 17:00


Prof. Giulia Zamboni (Verona, Italy)

Dr. Caterina Monti (Milan, Italy)

17:00 – 18:00


Prof. Giulia Zamboni (Verona, Italy)

Dr. Caterina Monti (Milan, Italy)

*all times given in local time in Valencia, Spain
08:30 – 09:00 Arrival and Coffee
09:00 – 09:25

What to Consider when Reviewing AI Papers – Prof. Daniel Pinto dos Santos (Frankfurt, Germany)

  • To appreciate the particularities of AI-related manuscripts
  • To learn about the importance of data splitting (training, testing, validation, etc.)
  • To discuss how to evaluate AI depending on the task (prediction, segmentation, classification, etc.)
  • To discuss the explainability and trustworthiness of AI papers
09:25 – 09:50

Levels of Evidence – Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati (Valencia, Spain)

  • To learn how to trust evidence
  • To understand truth and gold standards
  • To define the influence of study design on levels of evidence
09:50 – 10:15

Large Language Models (LLMs) and Other Foundational Models – Prof. Daniel Pinto dos Santos (Frankfurt, Germany)

  • To discuss Dos and Don’ts when using LLMs
  • To learn about other generative and foundational models
  • To appreciate the impact of LLMs on scientific writing, editing, and reviewing
  • To understand when to take advantage of generative AI when reviewing
10:15 – 10:30 Short Break
10:30 – 11:15


Prof. Daniel Pinto dos Santos (Frankfurt, Germany)

Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati (Valencia, Spain)

11:15 – 12:15


Prof. Daniel Pinto dos Santos (Frankfurt, Germany)

Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati (Valencia, Spain)

12:15– 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 13:40

Sources of Information – Dr. Caterina Monti (Milan, Italy)

  • To learn what makes a relevant bibliography?
  • To learn how to review the references
  • To understand preprints and repositories
  • To appreciate where to allocate data and tools for sharing
13:40 – 14:05

Visual Approach – Prof. Rossano Girometti (Udine, Italy)

  • To appreciate the graphical abstract
  • To understand how to improve our graphical abstract design
  • To discuss essentials for figures, tables, illustrations, and flowcharts
14:05 – 14:30

What is Clinical Impact – Prof. Christian Loewe (Vienna, Austria)

  • To understand what succeeds at creating clinical impact (and what fails to)
  • To create an impactful Clinical/Critical Relevance (Statement)
  • To understand how to link clinical impact and citation performance
14:30– 14:45 Short Break
14:45 – 15:30


Dr. Caterina Monti (Milan, Italy)

Prof. Rossano Girometti (Udine, Italy)

Prof. Christian Loewe (Vienna, Austria)

15:30 – 16:30


Dr. Caterina Monti (Milan, Italy)

Prof. Rossano Girometti (Udine, Italy)

Prof. Christian Loewe (Vienna, Austria)

16:30– 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 17:25

Editorial & Decision Making Process – Prof. Jose m. Garcia Santos (Murcia, Spain)

  • To understand the responsibilities of editors, reviewers, and authors
  • To discuss decision making processes and strategies
  • To learn from other reviewers (conflicting reviews and preparation to a possible revision review)
  • To discuss how to approach author replies (in revisions)
17:25 – 17:45

Share & discuss your Feedback, Problems & Experiences as Reviewers 
Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati (Valencia, Spain)

Prof. Christian Loewe (Vienna, Austria)

17:45 – 18:00

Closing Remarks – Feedback – Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati (Valencia, Spain)

18:00 – 19:00



Applications have been made to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) for CME accreditation.


Learning Objectives

  • Enhance Critical Analysis Skills: Deepen your ability to assess methodology, data presentation, and the overall coherence of radiology studies (scientific, reviews, positions, education).
  • Promote Best Practices: Learn the best approaches in peer review specific to radiology, ensuring constructive, fair, and insightful feedback.
  • Foster Ethical Reviewing: Emphasize the importance of ethics in reviewing, including confidentiality, objectivity, and conflict-of-interest identification.
  • Networking: Connect with fellow radiology professionals, including Editors and Deputy Editors, to share experiences, challenges, and strategies for effective reviewing.


The registration fee includes only the ESOR & ESR JOURNALS WORKSHOP​. Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation arrangements themselves.

EUR 350 for ESR Members
EUR 400 for Non-Members

Please note that 10% VAT will be added during the registration process.

For your convenience, we have gathered a non-exhaustive list of hotels near the workshop venue:

Hotel Vincci Mercat (4*) 

Hotel Vincci Palace (4*) 

Hotel Vincci Lys (4*) 

SH Inglés (4*) 

SH Valencia Palace (5*) 

SH Colón Valencia (4*) 

Hotel & Spa MYR Plaza Mercado (4*) 

Hotel MYR Puerta Serranos 

One Shot Palacio Reina Victoria (4*) 

One Shot Colon 46 (3*) 

Hotel San Lorenzo Boutique 

Casa Clarita by SH Hoteles 

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