From a Request for a Referee Report

I found this passage from an email asking me to referee a paper very perceptive. The editor wrote this about what has happened to the refereeing process in Economics:

From personal experience, there is a (growing?) tendency for referees to provide very long, detailed reports that sometimes read — with slight exaggeration — like an essay on the question “how I would have written this paper”. This is not always optimal — it costs the referee’s time, and it may result in a lengthy, non-converging refereeing process overall. Our main interest is in receiving advice on a. the overall significance of the findings and claims b. their technical correctness. In my experience, a relatively brief report containing a set of consecutively numbered paragraphs, each making one point, is most useful in reaching a final decision.

Originally published on blog.supplysideliberal.com

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