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Reviewer Certification

7. Writing the Review

Overview

The Reviewer Form

As discussed in detail in Module 2: Peer Review at OSA, each journal in the OSA portfolio has different review criteria. Before writing your review, you should log into the article tracking system (Prism) and re-read the prompts you will be asked to respond to.

Most OSA journal Review Forms include the following items:

  • Manuscript Ratings
    • Appropriateness of Content for the Journal
    • Novelty/Significance/Impact
    • Quality of Technical Content
    • Quality of Presentation
  • Recommendation to Editor
  • Open-Ended Questions
    • Comments to Authors
    • Confidential Comments to Editors

Your primary written review will be entered in the “Comments to Author” section. You may choose to compose your Comments to Authors in a separate program (like Word) and upload them to the system, or to log directly into Prism, where you can save your comments as a draft until you are ready to submit them.

Confidential Comments to the Editors are not required, but there is space to enter them if needed.

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