If you receive an invitation to review a manuscript for the Johnson Matthey Technology Review, please accept or decline the invitation promptly.
If you accept the invitation, you will be sent a copy of the manuscript plus our standard guidelines for referees. You will be asked the following questions:
1. Does the paper offer sufficient background to introduce its topic? If not, what additional information should be included?
2. Is the paper scientifically and technically accurate in your opinion? Please comment on any problems or areas for improvement.
3. Does the paper bring something new to the subject? If it is a review article, does it review its subject adequately?
4. Did the paper interest you? If not, how might it be made more interesting?
5. Are the contents likely to be understandable by people engaged in other specialities or with other scientific backgrounds? If not, how might this be improved?
6. Is the language clear?
7. Should anything be added which would enhance the paper, such as further explanations, illustrations, tables or formulae?
8. Conversely, should any material be removed as not contributing to the paper?
9. Are the references sufficient, comprehensive and timely?
10. Are the conclusions sufficient, justified by the content of the rest of the paper, and not merely a restatement of results?
Use of these questions to guide your report is recommended but not mandatory. You may also send comments to the Editor via email or in a separate document. If you wish to make comments for the Editor’s attention only, please make this clear when you send your report. Any comments which you request not to be sent to the authors may not be taken into consideration.
You should comment objectively on the quality of the science and its presentation in the manuscript under review. Comments should be civil, respectful, non-personal, scientific and objective.
You may make one of the following recommendations:
1. Accept (after minor revisions)
2. Accept (after major revisions)
3. Reject (resubmit)
4. Reject (do not resubmit)
Please include enough detail in your comments to help the author(s) to improve their work, especially if you have recommended rejection.
The Editor will make a decision taking into account all the opinions and recommendations of the referees. The Editor’s decision is final.
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