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Reviewer Resources

Become a Reviewer

Reviewers are a critical part of the publication process. OSA journal editors rely on reviewers to help maintain their journals' high standards. Providing a good review that is thorough and fair can be time-consuming and the editors appreciate the energy that reviewers devote to the task. Reviewing for OSA journals can also be rewarding however, and it provides insight to some of the most up-to-date research in the field.

If you are interested in reviewing for OSA journals, please create an account in Prism, our article tracking system. If you have published in an OSA journal you will already have an account. Ensure that your contact information and expertise keywords are up-to-date so that your record can be easily found.

Becoming a reviewer can take some time. Creating and updating your account in our system is just the first step. Editors select appropriate reviewers for each paper based not only on expertise keywords, but also on information such as publication records, prior reviewing experience or personal knowledge and recommendations. You are more likely to be chosen as a reviewer of a particular paper if you have also published articles on that topic for example. Here are some other tips to increase your chances of being asked to review:

  • Ask your supervisor to involve you when they review a paper so that they can guide you through the process.
  • If you are asked to review, respond promptly, even if you need to decline the invitation.
  • Update your account with a mixture of general and very specific keywords to describe your area of expertise.
  • Contact the editor who handles papers in your area to let them know you are interesting in contributing as a reviewer and provide him/her with details about your qualifications.


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