Evaluation Forms

Figure 4.4.1 shows one such evaluation form. This form is fairly typical, but different journals use different forms, and some ask referees to rate more features than do others.

All of these forms, however, require the referee to make one of the following overall recommendations to the editor:

• accept for publication;

• accept with minor revisions;

• consider a resubmission after major revisions have been made in the light of the referees' comments (the editor alone might consider the resubmission, or the revised paper might be sent back to the original referees for further comments, or even to different referees);

Editors consider the evaluation forms received from (usually) two or three referees and then decide what to do next on the basis of their recommendations (and their own reading of the paper).

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