After reading and critically evaluating a manuscript, the reviewer must now convey that evaluation to the journal editors.
In all cases, a respectful and constructive tone should be used.
It can be hard to spot errors in an essay youve read a dozen times already, but there are some tricks that help you see them with fresh eyes.
The best way to catch them is to break up the flow of ideas.
Reviewers (also called referees) are blinded, meaning that authors never know the identity of the reviewers.
I’ll write more about the overall editorial process at JM in my next editorial, but here I’d like to focus specifically on the reviewing of a manuscript.
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