JAAVSO: Instructions for Referees
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As we all know, the quality of scientific journals such as this, and the viability of its science, depend critically on careful, objective, and informed refereeing. The purpose of this document is to answer questions about the process and protocol of refereeing for the Journal of the AAVSO and to convey our gratitude for the service performed by referees.
Selection of referees: Potential referees are selected by the Editor and will be asked by e-mail whether the candidate feels able to do the job in a reasonably short time, which is normally a few weeks. After an affirmative reply is received the paper will be transmitted by e-mail. Candidates who cannot undertake the task are requested to let us know as soon as possible, and are invited to suggest alternate names. In addition to tightness of schedule, candidates are expected to be sensitive to questions of conflict of interest in agreeing to referee a paper.
What to look for while refereeing: The referee is selected to be an objective scientific expert whose task is to critique the paper as a written description of a research project. The referee should resist the temptation to suggest that the author ought to have carried out a different research project. Here are some general guidelines:
Referees are encouraged to read the IAU resolution regarding magnitude systems
Anonymity and submission of the report: The report should be e-mailed back to AAVSO and addressed to the Editor although written in such a way that it can be forwarded directly to the author. It is left up to the referee to decide whether to remain anonymous.
Last Updated: March 30, 2015 - 1:46pm