N – Who does peer review?

Ai Lin Chun, associate editor for Nature Nanotechnology, was asked how researchers become peer reviewers, in the Nature Network forum. She looks for referees with a good publication record. Most are established academics, but younger researchers recommended by their professors who do a good job might be asked again. “I enjoy referees who provide a thoughtful, well balanced report with suggested improvements for the authors.” Timeliness is also important: “We do have a chasing system, but it is certainly not my favourite thing to do.” And bad reports don’t help regardless of status: “We feel less enthusiastic in asking them to review again after a few bad occasions.” See http://network.nature.com/groups/nnano/forum/topics/1761