7. Writing the Review
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
- 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.