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Is it OK to mentor someone who is writing a peer review?

March 15, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Publishing, Reviewing, Uncategorized  

Brian Curran asks: I would like to hear your thoughts regarding the review process and young (or inexperienced) reviewers. I’ve reviewed just a handful of manuscripts, so it’s safe to say I’m inexperienced. Having a mentor or two guiding us relatively inexperienced reviewers through the process might prove to be beneficial and could serve to […]

Reviewer wants “media-friendly schematic”

March 9, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Reviewing, Writing  

This comment appeared in a review of a paper for which I am serving as Editor. “I suggest creating a media-friendly schematic showing the basic conclusions of how ….” Given all the recent publicity about …, I believe this paper will attract media interest, and a schematic like this will be useful for explaining the […]

Can I resubmit a rejected manuscript to the same journal?

March 7, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Reviewing  

It depends. Most of the time, rejected manuscripts can be resubmitted to the same American Meteorological Society (AMS) journal if the concerns of the reviewers are addressed in a response to the reviewers in your cover letter. Usually, the decision letter will say something like this: “Although your manuscript is being rejected, I invite you […]

The Editor’s Royal Flush

February 8, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Reviewing  

Lately, I’ve been seeing quite a few manuscripts sent out for review that receive one of the following sets of reviews: • reject, accept, major revisions • reject, minor revisions, major revisions I guess these are the equivalent of a royal flush in cards, although I’m not sure the result is as hoped for by […]

Peer review is like a box of chocolates.

January 16, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Publishing, Reviewing  

In talking with Gary Lackmann recently about my philosophy of peer review, the issue came up about how much you can push authors to submit to your will as Editor. I thought about what G. K. Batchelor said in his article in Journal of Fluid Mechanics “Preoccupations of a journal editor” that you don’t have […]

How to Prepare a Really Lousy Submission: Water Resources Research Editorial Team

December 18, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Publishing, Resources, Reviewing, Writing  

Sent to me from colleagues at the University of Utah. [PDF]

How NOT to review a paper. The tools and techniques of the adversarial reviewer

December 18, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Resources, Reviewing  

A paper by Graham Cormode (2009) [PDF], sent to me by Rene Garreaud. The abstract gives you a flavor of how this paper reads…. There are several useful guides available for how to review a paper in Computer Science. These are soberly presented, carefully reasoned and sensibly argued. As a result, they are not much […]

Deep thoughts about editing

July 12, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Reviewing, Writing  

Not sure where I found this, but it’s classic!

The importance of proper citation

May 20, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Reviewing, Writing  

Just recently I discovered a published article that neglected to cite the whole field of the topic that they were investigating. The article did have citations to the statistical methods and other papers that were related to their work, but not a single paper had been cited that had performed the same statistical analyses that […]

Baloney Detection Kit and brainpickings.org

May 7, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Publishing, Resources, Reviewing, Writing  

This link from Bogdan Antonescu: The Baloney Detection Kit: A 10-Point Checklist for Science Literacy In fact, brainpickings.org has a lot of good posts about books, creativity, life, and writing. Enjoy surfing!

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