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Information for reviewers

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Peer review is fundamental to the scientific publication process and the dissemination of sound science. Peer reviewers are experts chosen by editors to provide written assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of written research, with the aim of improving the reporting of research and identifying the most appropriate and highest quality material for the journal. Reviews will be expected to be professional, honest, courteous, prompt, and constructive.

 The desired major elements of a high-quality review should be as follows:

 - The reviewer should have identified and commented on major strengths and weaknesses of study design and methodology;

 - The reviewer should comment accurately and constructively upon the quality of the author's interpretation of   the data, including acknowledgment of its limitations;

 - The reviewer should comment on major strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript as a written communication, independent of the design, methodology, results, and interpretation of the study;

 - The reviewer should comment on any ethical concerns raised by the study, or any possible evidence of low standards of scientific conduct;

 - The reviewer should provide the author with useful suggestions for improvement of the manuscript;

 - The reviewer's comments to the author should be constructive and professional;

 - The review should provide the editor the proper context and perspective to make a decision on acceptance (and/or revision) of the manuscript.

The submitted manuscript is a privileged communication; reviewers must treat it as confidential. It should not be retained or copied. Also, reviewers must not share the manuscript with any colleagues without the explicit permission of the editor.

 Reviewers and editors must not make any personal or professional use of the data, arguments, or interpretations (other than those directly involved in its peer review) prior to publication unless they have the authors' specific permission or are writing an editorial or commentary to accompany the article.

 If reviewers suspect misconduct, they should notify the editor in confidence, and should not share their concerns with other parties unless officially notified by the journal that they may do so.

Reviewers can download this highly-recommended editorial from (Bourne PE, Korngreen A (2006) Ten Simple Rules for Reviewers. PLoS Comput Biol 2(9): e110)

Ten concise rules for reviewers are:

    Rule 1: Do Not Accept a Review Assignment unless You Can Accomplish the Task in the Requested Timeframe—Learn to Say No.

    Rule 2: Avoid Conflict of Interest

    Rule 3: Write Reviews You Would Be Satisfied with as an Author.

    Rule 4: As a Reviewer You Are Part of the Authoring Process

    Rule 5: Be Sure to Enjoy and to Learn from the Reviewing Process Rule 6: Develop a Method of Reviewing That Works for You.

    Rule 7: Spend Your Precious Time on Papers Worthy of a Good Review.

    Rule 8: Maintain the Anonymity of the Review Process if the Journal Requires It.

    Rule 9: Write Clearly, Succinctly, and in a Neutral Tone, but Be Decisive.

    Rule 10: Make Use of the “Comments to Editors”

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