Referee Report for Short Paper

Version: Starting picture plus 2-4 paragraphs.

  1. Topic Sentences. Underline the topic sentences. Comments?
  2. Does first paragraph clearly explain the picture and its importance? Is there a clear "take-home message"? What is it?
  3. Intermediate text. Do the next one or two paragraphs clearly and effectively explain physics nub and its broader significance.
  4. Concluding paragraph. Does it aptly summary the main points and deliver clear take-home message?
  5. Structure.* How does the structure of the paper enhance its clarity?
  6. What would you do to improve the paper?

Version: two-page format with figure in text.

  1. Topic sentences. Underline the topic sentences. Comments?
  2. Introduction and ending. How does the
    1. introductory sentences specifically identify the main points and physics?
    2. last paragraph aptly deliver the take-home message?
  3. Figure and caption. Does the figure and its caption enhance the paper's message? Does the figure deliver a main point of the paper?
  4. Dangling Ends. What unanswered questions does the paper raise?
  5. Structure.* How does the structure of the paper enhance its clarity?
  6. What would you do to improve the paper?

Indicate legibly the "typos" directly on your copy of the paper.

*Structure includes (i) order in which topics are introduced, (ii) their development into paragraphs, and (iii) cumulative "story" progress to establish main conclusion.