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Preparing a Referee Report: Guidelines and Perspectives


Jonathan Berk


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


Abstract:     
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


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Date posted: January 11, 2015 ; Last revised: December 21, 2016

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Berk, Jonathan and Harvey, Campbell R. and Hirshleifer, David A., Preparing a Referee Report: Guidelines and Perspectives (November 21, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2547191 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2547191

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Jonathan B. Berk
Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )
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Stanford, CA 94305-5015
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Campbell R. Harvey (Contact Author)
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative ( email )
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Durham, NC 27701
United States

David A. Hirshleifer
University of California, Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business ( email )
Irvine, CA California 92697-3125
United States
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