Refereeing Job Who reads report (the audience!)
- scholarly journal articles editor and author(s)
- funded research proposals agency officials and proposer
- job recommendations potential bosses and their bosses
Are you the correct person. Say NO if any of items below apply.
- you have a conflict of interest: working in the same area,
applying for same funds, pushing another candidate for the job.
- you are inexperienced: know little about the article's or
proposal's field; you don't know the person's abilities.
- you are likely to be excessively negative. If so, beg off
for some plausible reason. Your report may hurt your reputation.
Always assume your report will not be confidential. Never write
what you couldn't defend reasonably to affected person about
work/ideas/ability. Make most negative comments by failing to
praise or neglecting to mention.
Papers and proposals
- Supply your summary of the paper or the proposal. Usually this will be
better than the abstract and will demonstrate you understand the work.
- Give a clear recommendation(s) [topic sentences]. In subsequent paragraphs
explain reasons so that inexperienced editor can clearly understand.
- Comment directly on the quality of figures/tables and their captions.
- Reject papers that do not contain a least publishable unit.
Reject proposals that do not contain substantial new ideas.
Letters of recommendation
- Explain in what way(s) you know individual. A short story helps.
- Answer any specific questions specifically.
- Give evidence for your opinions.
- Summarize your opinions, avoiding negative sentence at the end which
will be interpreted as discreet "don't hire" opinion.
Your comments and
suggestions are appreciated.
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