Refereeing Job Audience for report
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.

Always assume your report will not be confidential. Never write what you couldn't defend reasonably to affected person about work/ideas/ability. Make negative comments by failing to praise or neglecting to mention.

Papers and proposals

  1. Supply your summary of the paper or the proposal. Usually this will be better than the abstract and will demonstrate you understand the work.

  2. Give a clear recommendation(s) [topic sentences]. In subsequent paragraphs explain reasons so that inexperienced editor can clearly understand.

  3. Comment directly on the quality of figures/tables and their captions.

  4. Reject papers that do not contain a least publishable unit. Reject proposals that do not contain substantial new ideas.

Letters of recommendation

  1. Explain in what way(s) you know individual. A short story helps.

  2. Answer any specific questions specifically.

  3. Give evidence for your opinions.

  4. Summarize your opinions, avoiding negative sentence at the end which will be interpreted as discreet "don't hire" opinion.

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