Daily Archives: July 2, 2008

Low quality peer review

I think that I’ve mentioned before that I do a large amount of manuscript reviewing. Most of the reviewing I do is for a particular journal in my field and I get almost all of these reviewing opportunities from one Editor. While some may look at reviewing as a burden, I do not look at it this way and the job is made more pleasurable because this particular Editor tries to send me manuscripts for review that she is confident that I would read anyway. She does a very good job of judging this and I rather enjoy getting to take an early look at work that I am interested in and I also enjoy having the opportunity to help authors improve on their manuscripts (many of which are excellent to begin with).

As a reviewer you eventually get to see what your fellow reviewers have to say about a manuscript (generally right after you submit your reviews). I usually try to take some time to check these other reviews out and as a general rule those other reviews are very similar to those that I submit. On occasion; however, they are quite different. Sometimes another reviewer will point out something that I overlooked or they will have a problem with a manuscript that is likely based on a difference in our specializations. All too often, though, the other review is completely worthless. What do I mean by this? Continue reading