April 25, 2007 16

12 tips on how to review journal articles

By in Evaluation, Reading, Writing

Psychologist Henry L. Roediger III gives some excellent advice for reviewing journals papers (two word summary: be nice!). Though a psychologist, his twelve tips should have applicability for all academic disciplines. An excerpt from his introduction follows:

Many critical skills needed for becoming a successful academic are typically not taught in graduate school, at least not in any formal way. One of these is how to review journal articles. Few students coming out of graduate school have much experience reviewing papers, and yet, at least for those students continuing on in research, reviewing is a skill that will be increasingly critical as their careers develop. In fact, being a good reviewer can greatly help a career. If a young psychologist becomes known as an excellent reviewer, he or she may be selected as consulting editor, then associate editor, and then perhaps the primary editor of a journal.

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16 Responses to “12 tips on how to review journal articles”

  1. joe publicNo Gravatar says:

    Where are the 12 tips?

  2. FredNo Gravatar says:

    Is there a link to the article or post?

  3. shaneNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, I was not using my usual bloging software, and the link went astray. It should be there now.

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  6. PathLab.orgNo Gravatar says:

    Reviewing journal articles is time consuming and sometimes onerous but ultimately it is a learning experience. We have set up a video journal website for pathology at http://www.PathLab.org and we have to review all the video material submitted. See http://www.PathLab.org for more information. Thank you

  7. nateNo Gravatar says:

    thanks a lot….

  8. damn says:

    where is the tips? haiyoo

  9. damn says:

    damn…where is it!

  10. JennyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, where are the 12 tips. They would be pretty helpful right about now.


  11. shane says:

    The link is in the above post, but in case you missed it:


  12. quranreadingNo Gravatar says:

    I think day by day student research capability are improving.But all this is happening in big universities.Else student are wasted in other university.Give link for 12 steps.

  13. well, I need the tips

  14. darioNo Gravatar says:

    Herman, just follow the link in the post.

  15. Mary MyersNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent 12 tips. Thank you

  16. RandyNo Gravatar says:

    These days it seems the only people doing any serious reading of this sort are academics, such as yourself.
    Most of the people I know only read How-To books or things that directly interest them.
    Sadly, if they expanded their horizons to include the unknown, life would be so much richer.

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