Guidelines for Reviewers
microPublications are single research findings with the report containing a brief textual description of the experiment, methods, and controls, usually containing a single figure and/or table. microPublication Biology accepts all experimental findings, independent of subjective evaluation of its perceived impact on the field. Peer review is employed by microPublication Biology to assess whether the microPublication is technically sound and the conclusions justified. Given these criteria, review by a scientist in the field is expected to require minimal time and effort.
Reviewers should evaluate the microPublication for the following:
- Are results technically sound and adhere to reporting guidelines and community standards?
- Do those data, and related information (e.g. statistical analysis) support the conclusions drawn?
- Are the experiments sufficiently explained/referenced so that the findings can be reproduced by other researchers?
- Is the microPublication presented in a logical progression, in standard English and with appropriate nomenclature?
The reviewer should accept, accept with modification, or reject the manuscript. Written comments should explain acceptance, rejection, or detail modifications that should be made. With the exception of inclusion of control experiments, it is not generally expected that the authors would need to do additional experiments.
Peer-reviewers can choose open-acknowledgement — a new metric for researcher value in their field – which will be included at the end of the manuscript.
Become a reviewer
Reviewing microPublications is intended to be quick -– as short as 15 minutes depending on the article.
If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for microPublication Biology- fill out this google form with your contact details.
Questions? Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org)