Guidelines for Referees
Thank you for agreeing to serve as a referee for the Annals of
Applied Probability. We expect our referees to provide a careful
and prompt assessment of the paper. Submitting a report within one
month of receiving the paper will be especially appreciated by the
editorial board and the authors. In any case, if you now find that
you will not be able to submit a report within three months, please
return the manuscript to the Associate Editor immediately. In this
latter case, any comments you can make, particularly regarding other
possible referees, will be appreciated.
If you do provide a report, your findings should be presented in
An anonymous report to be sent to the author.
This report should contain detailed comments, concrete criticisms,
and constructive suggestions about the content and exposition
of the paper. Some questions to keep in mind are: Is the presentation
clear and well organized? Are the results new and interesting?
Are the proofs correct and given in adequate detail, or can
they be substantially simplified? Do the introduction and abstract
give an adequate summary?
A letter stating your opinion regarding the disposition
of the paper. This letter will only be seen by the
editors involved. It should set forth your frank opinions about
the paper and recommend:
(b) acceptance after some minor corrections, or
(c) acceptance after a substantial revision. Option (c) should
only be used if you are convinced that the paper will be acceptable
to you once the revisions are made. (In the case of a substantial
revision, the revised manuscript will be sent to you for your
review.) In the case of a poorly written paper with interesting
ideas, we would prefer to reject the paper and give the author
the option of resubmitting a new version.
Electronic submission of reports
Electronic submission of reports is strongly encouraged, to the point that
only in unusual circumstances will a hard copy submission be accepted.
Referees are requested to register at the EJMS web site
http://www.e-publications.org/ims/submission/, upload the report file, and
send notification to the Associate Editor within the system. Note: If you
have multiple files please zip the files to upload as one file. If you do
not wish to register in EJMS you may send your report files as email
attachments to the associate editor.
Handling the Manuscript
All manuscripts should be regarded as privileged and confidential, and their
contents not disclosed without the author's permission.
The success of the Annals of Applied Probability depends on the
willingness of referees to take the time to ensure the quality and
importance of the papers published. We are grateful for your assistance.