It is a professional honor to be invited to review a scientific manuscript as part of the peer review process.
Please take this job seriously. The journal's reputation depends in part on this peer review process.
1. Be critical. It is easier for an editor to overturn very critical comments than to overturn favorable
2. Justify all criticisms by specific references to the text of the paper or to published literature. Vague
criticisms are unhelpful.
3. Don’t repeat information from the paper, such as the title and authors names, since this already
appears elsewhere in the review form.
4. Check the Aims and Scope of the journal to ensure that your comments are in accordance with journal
5. Give a clear recommendation. Don't put "I will leave the decision to the editor" unless you are
genuinely unsure of your recommendation.
6. Number your comments so that the authors can easily refer to them.
7. Be specific - refer to line numbers in the paper or to exact regions where you wish changes to occur.
8. Be careful not to identify yourself by your comments or by the file name of your report if you submit it
as a Word file.
For more information, please reference: Reviewer guidelines from: http://www.elsevier.com/reviewers/