Note to Self: How I Can Be a Better Reviewer?
11 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2014
Date Written: May 24, 2014
In this article I review some of the common errors I have made as a reviewer and suggest ways to avoid them.
The progress of science depends on reviewers as much as it depends upon researchers developing new science. Reviewers provide impartial, anonymous, and expert advice to researchers, and they screen which research gets published in scientific journals. When the review process works well, it acts as an effective filter and enables dissemination of high-quality and rigorous scientific work. As so much of scientific progress depends upon review, it is surprising that reviewers learn this science by doing. Of course, there are articles that suggest general norms of behavior for reviewers.
Keywords: reviewer, errors
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