How to write an effective referee report

J Clin Invest. 2009 May;119(5):1058-60. doi: 10.1172/jci39424.


Most scientists learn how to review papers by being thrown into the deep end of the pool: here's a paper, write a review. Perhaps this is not the best way to keep an enterprise afloat. But what should be included in a review? What should the tone of a review be? Here I want to outline the specifics of what we at the JCI are looking for in a referee report.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research
  • Editorial Policies
  • Peer Review, Research / methods*
  • Peer Review, Research / standards*
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Writing