Peer Review Guidelines!
Elizabeth M. Choinski
ulemc at cypress.mcsr.olemiss.edu
Tue Apr 4 09:46:46 EST 1995
I have had some positive feedback about posting my bibliography of
peer review guidelines. Please keep in mind that this was orginally
put together by me as a handout to give to classes that I talk to about
how to do library research. It is short and intended for sciences and
engineering. I have only included papers that provide "how to" advice;
I have not included papers that discuss the philosophy of peer review
nor the efficacy of the peer review system.
PEER REVIEW GUIDELINES
At some early point in your scientific career, you may be asked
by a colleague to review a manuscript or grant proposal. The articles
and book on this list provide practical guidelines for peer review. If you
have been asked by a journal editor to review a manuscript, don't forget
to check that journal's guidelines for authors and referees. Funding
agencies such as NSF, NIH, EPA, and others will also have specific
guidelines for reviewing proposals.
Forscher, Bernard K. 1965. Rules for referees. SCIENCE 150(15): 319-321.
"The duties of the editorial referee are examined to establish
efficient and uniform practices."
Forscher, Bernard K. 1980. The role of the referee. SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING
"The referee answers certain questions to help the editor decide
what should be published. Weaknesses in the reviewing system
stem from inadequate instruction of referees as to what they
should be doing."
Kuyper, Barbara J. 1991. Bringing up scientists in the art of critiquing
research. BIOSCIENCE 41(4): 248-250.
A checklist is presented which can be used by authors and
referees alike to develop or critique a paper.
Markland, Murray F. 1983. Taking criticism - and using it. SCHOLARLY
"Anyone who wants to be published must be ready to accept
criticism, evaluate it, and use it. Rejections can be
turned into lessons if the beginning author will learn from
Parberry, Ian. 1989. A guide for new referees in theoretical computer
science. SIGACT NEWS 20(4): 92-109.
"Although aimed primarily at theoretical computer scientists,
[this article] contains advice which may be relevant to other
mathematical sciences. It may also be of some use to new
authors who are unfamiliar with the peer review process."
Smith, Alan Jay. 1990. The task of the referee. COMPUTER 23(4): 65-
"Computer researchers have a professional obligation to referee
the work of others. This article tells you how to evaluate
a paper and write a report using common standards and
Bishop, Claude T. 1984. How To Edit a Scientific Journal.
Philadelphia : ISI Press. 138p.
This book is geared towards scientists who are acting as
editors of professional journals. It contains a chapter on
the review process with guidelines for reviewers and samples
of specific guidelines from a variety of journals.
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Elizabeth Choinski, Science and Technology Bibliographer
J.D. Williams Library
University of Mississippi VOICE 601-232-7910 FAX 601-232-7477
University, MS 38677 E-MAIL ulemc at cypress.mcsr.olemiss.edu
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