The golden rule of reviewing

Mark A. McPeek, Donald L. Deangelis, Ruth G. Shaw, Allen J. Moore, Mark D. Rausher, Donald R. Strong, Aaron M. Ellison, Louise Barrett, Loren Rieseberg, Michael D. Breed, Jack Sullivan, Craig W. Osenberg, Marcel Holyoak, Mark A. Elgar

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Abstract

A major bottleneck in the time required to publish a scientific or scholarly paper is the speed with which reviews by peers are returned to journals. Peer review is a reciprocal altruistic system in which each individual may perform every task-editors, reviewers, and authors-at different times. Journals have no way to coerce reviewers to return their critiques faster. To greatly shorten the time to publication, all actors in this altruistic network should abide by the Golden Rule of Reviewing: review for others as you would have others review for you. Say yes to reviewing whenever your duties and schedule allow; provide a thorough, fair, and constructive critique of the work; and do it at your first opportunity regardless of the deadline.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Naturalist
Volume173
Issue number5
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StatePublished - May 1 2009

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McPeek, M. A., Deangelis, D. L., Shaw, R. G., Moore, A. J., Rausher, M. D., Strong, D. R., ... Elgar, M. A. (2009). The golden rule of reviewing. American Naturalist, 173(5). https://doi.org/10.1086/598847

The golden rule of reviewing. / McPeek, Mark A.; Deangelis, Donald L.; Shaw, Ruth G.; Moore, Allen J.; Rausher, Mark D.; Strong, Donald R.; Ellison, Aaron M.; Barrett, Louise; Rieseberg, Loren; Breed, Michael D.; Sullivan, Jack; Osenberg, Craig W.; Holyoak, Marcel; Elgar, Mark A.

In: American Naturalist, Vol. 173, No. 5, 01.05.2009.

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McPeek, MA, Deangelis, DL, Shaw, RG, Moore, AJ, Rausher, MD, Strong, DR, Ellison, AM, Barrett, L, Rieseberg, L, Breed, MD, Sullivan, J, Osenberg, CW, Holyoak, M & Elgar, MA 2009, 'The golden rule of reviewing', American Naturalist, vol. 173, no. 5. https://doi.org/10.1086/598847
McPeek MA, Deangelis DL, Shaw RG, Moore AJ, Rausher MD, Strong DR et al. The golden rule of reviewing. American Naturalist. 2009 May 1;173(5). https://doi.org/10.1086/598847
McPeek, Mark A. ; Deangelis, Donald L. ; Shaw, Ruth G. ; Moore, Allen J. ; Rausher, Mark D. ; Strong, Donald R. ; Ellison, Aaron M. ; Barrett, Louise ; Rieseberg, Loren ; Breed, Michael D. ; Sullivan, Jack ; Osenberg, Craig W. ; Holyoak, Marcel ; Elgar, Mark A. / The golden rule of reviewing. In: American Naturalist. 2009 ; Vol. 173, No. 5.
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