If you can’t be kind in peer review, be neutral

International“Like most scientists, we are both regularly asked to serve as peer reviewers: to rank proposals and candidates and to identify flaws that should prohibit a publication of a manuscript or provision of grant support. Journals encourage reviewers to ‘plainly state’ their opinion of a manuscript, and reviews of manuscripts and grants land in authors’ inboxes unfiltered and unedited …” (more)

[Rebekah Baglini and Christine Parsons, Nature, 30 November]

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