observations from the best journal reviewers

Loyal orgtheorista Monica Prasad sent me the link to a ASA report written by her, David Brunsma, and Ezra Zuckerman. They interviewed 26 of the “best” manuscript reviewers identified by editors at a variety of journals. Common themes from those who write good and fast reviews:

  • Reviewing is not a drag. You can learn a lot.
  • Immediately focus on “big issues” – major questions, research design, etc.
  • Don’t do “death by a thousand cuts.”
  • Set out time in the schedule. It’s a normal part of academic life.

You can read the responses from all 26 respondents in the full length report.

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Written by fabiorojas

January 10, 2014 at 12:01 am

Posted in academia, fabio

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  1. […] nice link (pdf) through orgtheory on […]


  2. […] Soziologieprofessor an der Indiana University in den USA und Blogger bei hat in einem aktuellen Blogeintrag einen Report über Interviews mit Reviewern verlinkt (PDF). Für all jene, die sich am […]


  3. Funny how no one complaints, in spite of the small N, that “findings are not systematic” or that “the report is just journalism”.



    January 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  4. 26 is a decent size N, when you are sampling on best practice and not trying to represent all possible forms of reviews + only offer heuristics.



    January 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

  5. Friendly correction: David Brunsma



    January 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

  6. Thank you! Correction made.



    January 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

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