14 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2016 Last revised: 13 Dec 2016
Date Written: November 29, 2016
Drawing on insights of current and past editors of top economics and finance journals, we provide guidelines for reviewers in preparing referee reports and cover letters for journals. Peer review is fundamental to the progress of science and we believe that fundamental changes in reviewing practices are needed to improve the integrity, quality, and efficiency of the publication process. Such changes will also allow scholars to reallocate time from navigating the publication process to developing innovative research.
Also see our companion paper: Preparing a Referee Report: Guidelines and Perspectives
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
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Berk, Jonathan and Harvey, Campbell R. and Hirshleifer, David A., How to Write an Effective Referee Report and Improve the Scientific Review Process (November 29, 2016). Duke I&E Research Paper No. 2016-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2874625 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2874625