New April 2011
Advice to Referees for Physical Review X
We recognize that reviewing a paper requires considerable investment of your time and energy. We thank you for your contributions and hope that the following suggestions will make your review and the subsequent submission of your report easier. They are intended as an aid to you while you are reviewing the paper and follow closely the Acceptance Criteria of Physical Review X: Originality, high technical quality, scientific rigor, and high degree of significance.
We suggest that you divide the outcome of your review of the paper into two broad parts: I) Comments intended for both the author(s) and the editors; II) Recommendations and comments to the editors. In Part I), please avoid, as much as possible, making statements about the acceptability of the paper.
I) Comments intended for both the author(s) and the editors:
A) Brief summary of the paper (not necessary, but always helpful to the editors)
B) Assessment of originality and significance: Rate the paper and explain your ratings
If your ratings are (very) positive, please describe concretely the original contribution(s) and explain why it is (they are) important to the relevant subject area(s).
Otherwise, please explain why you have rated the paper negatively. A list of major issues that arise often is given below as an aid to you:
C) Assessment of technical quality and scientific rigor
Please explain your answers and rating(s) concretely and list them as major and minor issues if appropriate.
D) Assess quality of the paper's presentation
Rating: Excellent [ ] Good [ ] Average [ ] Marginal [ ] Poor [ ]
Please provide your complimentary and/or critical remarks, the latter in terms of major and minor issues if appropriate.
E) Specific suggestions to the author(s) on how to improve the paper. (This is especially relevant if you believe that the paper has a good potential of becoming publishable in PRX. Please try to avoid presenting the suggested revisions as conditions of acceptance.)
II) Recommendation(s) and confidential remarks to the editors:
Please provide additional confidential remarks to the editors if you have any.