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Peer Reviewer Guidelines

Below are samples of rubrics used for the peer review process. These match the submission types.

 

Research Articles:

Title of Article:
Score (1-5)

5 being the best

Suggestions
Purpose

(The point the author wants to convey is clearly stated)

Background

(Thorough development of pertinent information)

Content

(Thesis is well supported with evidence; concise; analysis of research included)

Conclusion

(Ties together all presented information concisely and makes a final overarching comment on the topic)

Methods (if pertinent)

(Processes clearly stated)

Language

(Submission is written in a formal and technical language, audience = scientists in the field discussed)

Format

(1.5 spacing, 2000-3000 words (not including references)

References

(Citations are listed numerically as they are used)

Overall Impression
Approval (if pertinent)

(From professor directly involved, eg laboratory advisor)

Acceptance to Publication (Yes (with/without) revisions or No)

 

Research News:

Title of Article:
Score (1-5)

5 being the best

Suggestions
Background

(A very concise introduction is provided)

Content

(Informative yet interesting; concise)

Language

(Broad terminology, informal writing style, audience = general public)

Format

(1.5 spacing, 300-750 words)

References

(Include the article from which the information was drawn)

Overall impression
Acceptance to Publication

(Yes (with/without) revisions or No)

 

Creative Content:

Writing    (e.g. Book Reviews, Opinions, Experiences)

Title:
Score (1-5)

5 being the best

Suggestions
Content

(Shares informative thoughts on a scientific topic; makes a clear stance of how the author feels)

Language

(Appropriate , informal; concise; audience=general public)

Format

(1.5 spacing, 300-750 words)

References

(Included if applicable)

Overall impression
Acceptance to Publication

(Yes (with/without) revisions or No)

 

Art    (e.g. Art, Cartoons, Videos)

 

Title:
Score (1-5)

5 being the best

Suggestions
Content

(Appropriate, science-related, informative if applicable)

Format

(Video 3-5 mins, artwork size?)

Overall impression
Acceptance to Publication

(Yes (with/without) revisions or No)

 

“Fun” science    (e.g. jokes, fun facts)

 

Title:
Score (1-5)

5 being the best

Suggestions
Content

(Appropriate, joke is funny, informalt)

References

(Included if applicable)

Overall impression
Acceptance to Publication

(Yes (with/without) revisions or No)

 

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