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Scientific Peer Reviewing

Practical Hints and Best Practices

Authors: Spyns, Peter, Vidal, Maria-Esther

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  • Practical introduction to the practice of peer reviewing, especially targeting junior researchers
  • Illustrated by a large set of commented good and bad examples
  • Applicable to conference and journal papers, as well as research grants and project proposals
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About this book

This booklet provides a practical introduction to the practice of peer reviewing. Although it mainly focuses on paper reviewing for scientific events in computer science and business informatics, many of the principles, tips, tricks and examples can also be applied to journal reviewing and other scientific domains. Some can also be used when reviewing proposals for research projects or grants. In addition, many aspects of the book will benefit authors of scientific papers, who will gain deeper insights into how papers are reviewed and hence what to pay attention to when writing their own papers.

The book is divided into three chapters, the first of which presents a brief overview of why peer reviewing is considered to be an important quality control instrument for scientific papers. In turn, the second chapter elaborates on the main principles a good reviewer should adhere to, including the most important aspects of personal attitude s/he should pay attention to when writing his/her review. Lastly, the third chapter features a series of (anonymized) real life examples of actual reviewing practice, thus illustrating practical tips and tricks regarding the most common “do’s” and “don’ts” of peer reviewing.

The book offers a structured introduction and practical reference guide, including good and bad examples, for junior researchers in computer science and business informatics in particular, as well as for anyone interested in peer reviewing in general.<

About the authors

Peter Spyns is a civil servant working at the Flemish Department of Economy, Science and Innovation. Currently, his major task is to coordinate within the department international policy issues on science and innovation. As such he participates in many high level strategic advisory committees and policy groups at European and Belgian levels. Prior to his work at the Flemish administration, Peter’s career spanned about 20 years as a researcher in both academia and industry. During this period, he regularly acted as a reviewer for conferences and journals. Peter has also co-organized the OnTheMove Academy, a tutored workshop for PhD students, since 2004, which inspired him for this booklet.

Maria-Esther Vidal is a Full Professor with the Computer Science Department at Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, where she leads the Semantic Web Group. She has mentored and advised seven Ph.D. students, more than a dozen of Masters, and more than 100 undergraduates, and has been awarded Best Professor of the Year in 2000, 2004, and 2012. She is part of the editorial board of several highly reputed journals, and her research results have been published in the most prestigious journals and conferences in artificial intelligence, data base systems, and bioinformatics.

Reviews

“This is an excellent small volume to keep on one’s desk and make available to graduate students, post-docs, and junior colleagues, who can get quite excited about being offered the chance to review but also may need guidance. It will also be of use to organizers of panels who request reviews. The points raised in this booklet can help in engaging a poor reviewer. I am sure I will be circulating my copy to many colleagues.” (Sara Kalvala, Computing Reviews, computingreviews.com, October, 2016)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • The Concept of “Peer Reviewing”

    Pages 1-10

    Spyns, Peter (et al.)

  • Characteristics of a Good Reviewer

    Pages 11-27

    Spyns, Peter (et al.)

  • Tips and Tricks

    Pages 29-50

    Spyns, Peter (et al.)

  • Conclusion

    Pages 51-51

    Spyns, Peter (et al.)

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eBook $14.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-25084-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $22.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-25083-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientific Peer Reviewing
Book Subtitle
Practical Hints and Best Practices
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-25084-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-25084-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-25083-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 57
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