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Publishing Your Research 101 - Ep.3 Selecting Peers to Suggest as Reviewers

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[♪ Music ♪] [Publishing Your Research 101] [Practical Guidelines for Authors & Reviewers from ACS Publications] [Guideline 3: Selecting Peers to Suggest as Reviewers] [ACS Publications] [Most Trusted. Most Cited. Most Read.] [Female] One of the components of the cover letter is suggesting peer reviewers. How should I go about suggesting reviewers? [Richard Eisenberg] [Editor in Chief, Inorganic Chemistry] The suggestion for reviewers should be based on how qualified they are in the specific area of the research, and it's important to choose the reviewers on that particular basis. [Timothy P. Lodge] [Editor in Chief, Macromolecules] It is in the author's best interests to have a paper reviewed by knowledgeable and critical experts in the field, so suggestions of reviewers who are friends of the author, not necessarily experts in the field, is not going to be helpful in the long run. The important thing is to suggest people who are knowledgeable, who can understand the main point of the paper, who can make useful suggestions, but it is also important if possible to suggest people who are not necessarily well known and well known to the editor because if everybody puts down that a Nobel prize winner should review their work, it's clear that that Nobel prize winner will not be asked to review the work, so identifying knowledgeable but otherwise less famous people is very useful both to the editor and to the author. [Jason H. Hafner] [Associate Editor, ACS Nano] Suggesting referees is a very important part of the cover letter and of the initial process. I always have a list of people in mind for any field that I think are good referees, so those are often recommended, and that's good. It helps me confirm in my mind these are good people for this manuscript, and it makes sense, so I definitely will go with those people. Sometimes people suggest others that I didn't know, and that's also wonderful, but one thing I would stress is give me all the details of the new people you're bringing to me. I'll be very excited for you to list new referees that I don't know in a field. That will definitely help me with your manuscript and with other manuscripts, but if it's just a name and sort of an obscure email account then I have to go look up who they are, and it's a lot of work. If you could just help us by--when you add new reviewers in the system, if they're not in the system at all, fill out all the details, where are they, what's their email and everything. That's sort of a technical detail that would help. [Female] Are there any people I should avoid suggesting as reviewers? When recommending reviewers, you shouldn't recommend any of the co-authors on the manuscript, clearly, and generally we probably won't use people at your institution even if it's a large institution. We try not to do that just to avoid making anyone uncomfortable in terms of conflict of interest. You generally shouldn't list current collaborators. Often we accidentally will pick your current collaborators because we don't know, and often they will tell us "By the way, I'm the current collaborator, so I probably shouldn't do this." Pretty much everyone is on the up and up, but just to get more of your choices more likely to be selected, don't list your current collaborators and everything. [Paula T. Hammond] [Associate Editor, ACS Nano] When making reviewer suggestions, one should never recommend someone who is already a collaborator. It's not necessarily a good idea to recommend someone who has had a close working relationship with you, especially if it's directly related to the topic of the paper, so someone who published the last paper, maybe they're not involved in this work, but they were heavily involved in the previous work. Your thesis advisor, just 1 year, 2 years out is still a bit too close, and often this does happen, and the advisor will say, "This was someone in my lab, and I think it's a little early for me to take a look at their work at this point." "They haven't really digressed from our joint work." I think you have to keep in mind that there needs to be a little bit of distance. It is appropriate to name people who are true colleagues but are also engaged in the field and are independent of your own work. [Female] Can I request that a specific researcher not review my paper? It's absolutely appropriate if you feel that there are 1 or 2 people who absolutely should not review your work for a variety of reasons to name them, and those are things that are taken into consideration by the editorial office. [Female] Do you always use the reviewers that the author suggests? The author's suggested reviewers are helpful to the editor, and some editors always use one of those or perhaps 2. Some editors rarely use the suggested ones, but I think there's no set rule, but if the suggestions make sense to the editor, certainly I expect 1 or perhaps 2 of them would be asked to review the paper. We try to use reviewers that the authors suggest, not all of them, some of them. But we don't always do that because we will look and see if a particular reviewer already has a paper under review from our journal or has just recently done that. If that's the case, then we probably will not send that submission to that particular reviewer. [♪ Music ♪] [ACS Publications] [Most Trusted. Most Cited. Most Read.] [American Chemical Society]

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In the third episode in our publishing series, our editors will provide some tips to help you decide whom to suggest as reviewers for your article. The reviewers will not only make recommendations on whether or not the work should be published, but on its suitability for the journal. They will also make comments and suggestions to help you improve the quality and clarity of your manuscript, and perhaps even to improve your science. Your article, when published, will be better for having gone through this process. It is to your advantage to have knowledgeable and rigorous reviewers evaluating your manuscript.

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