Preparing a Referee Report: Guidelines and Perspectives
Stanford Graduate School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Campbell R. Harvey
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
David A. Hirshleifer
University of California, Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business
November 21, 2016
Peer review is fundamental to the efficacy of the scientific process. We draw from our experience both as editors, authors and association representatives to provide a set of guidelines for referees in preparing their reports and cover letters to journal editors. While our document is directed to anyone asked to review a paper, our suggestions are especially relevant for new members of the profession when preparing their first reports.
The Appendix to this document contains a Checklist. The Checklist is also available here.
Also see our companion paper, How to Write an Effective Referee Report and Improve the Scientific Review Process, which includes comments by former editors of economics and finance journals.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: Referee report, Cover letter, Ethics, Conflicts of Interest
JEL Classification: A1, B1, C1, D1, E1, F1, G1, G1, I1, J1, K1, L1, M1, N1, O1, P1, Q1, R1, Y1, Z1
Date posted: January 11, 2015 ; Last revised: December 21, 2016