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Information for Reviewers*

Reviewer Login

Please click the "Login" button from the menu provided at fst.edmgr.com and login to the system as "Reviewer."  You may then view and/or download manuscripts assigned to you for review or submit your comments to the editor.

Updating Your Information with Editorial Manager

If you receive a request to review but have not registered with Editorial Manager, it means that either the journal's Editor or the journal office registered you into the system as a potential reviewer.  Your username and password will be provided in the email with the review request.  Your username and password is confidential to you, therefore you need to store this carefully.

When you log into the system for the first time, please go to "Update my Information" in the navigation bar at the top of the page.  There you can change your username and password, verify that the information provided is correct, and add more pertinent contact details.

General Peer Review Information

Generally, manuscripts are sent to 2-3 referees.  The identity of referees is strictly confidential and you are requested to not communicate directly with the authors.  You are also asked to not disclose your identity to the authors or discuss the papers you have reviewed with colleagues unless the paper has been published.

The Editor of the journal will invite you to serve as a reviewer of a manuscript.  If invited, you will receive an e-mail invitation.  You then must log on to the site at fst.edmgr.com using your username and password or hotlinks provided in the e-mail.  After reviewing the abstract or previewing the manuscript, you can then agree or decline to review the manuscript.  If you agree, you then are requested to read the manuscript, and respond through the review site to submit a review.  You may also decline to review the manuscript if you have a conflict of interest, if it is outside your scope of expertise, or if you are unable to complete the review during the time requested.

Performing the Manuscript Review

When reviewing the submitted contribution, please consider the following list of questions, at least partially, in your review.**

  1. Is the subject of interest to the readership of Fusion Science & Technology?
  2. Is this an original contribution? (or, an informative review?)
  3. Are title and abstract adequate to the content of the paper?
  4. Does it give adequate credit to earlier work in the field? If not, please include the omitted references.
  5. Is it correct and complete? List technical errors or unjustified conclusions.
  6. Is it clearly presented?
  7. Do you recommend:
    1. publication in the present form?
    2. publication after revision along the lines indicated?
    3. a complete rewrite?
    4. rejection?
  8. If accepted, should it be published:
    1. as a technical paper?
    2. as a technical note?***

If revision or rejection is indicated, please give detailed, specific, and substantive comments.

* To get detailed instructions for reviewing papers on the FS&T review site, please view the Tutorial for Reviewers.

** A referee is not expected to edit a manuscript.  However, in addition to your review, we would appreciate information on any errors that you may note, or minor changes in wording you may wish to suggest.  We would appreciate it if you would indicate such errors or suggested changes on the manuscript, and upload it along with your review or fax a copy to 708-579-8313.

*** In a Technical Note, an author may make a preliminary report of work yet to be completed or may make extension of, or refinements to, results already published, either his or others.  A Note may also summarize information published more fully in, say, a laboratory report or a paper published in the proceedings of a meeting.  Length is irrelevant in the determination of a Technical Note.

Thank you for acting as a referee for our journal and the communities that Fusion Science & Technology serves.  We rely on the expertise of our reviewers and their reports to maintain the quality of the journal.

Last updated February 17, 2010, 2:14pm CST.

 
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