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Guidelines for Referees

Thank you for agreeing to help edit Electronic Journal of Probability. We seek high quality papers covering theory, methodology or applications. When refereeing for EJP, please keep the following in mind.

(1) Positive Refereeing.

Please resist having a "reject if possible" attitude. We do want to keep the quality high, but don't reject papers for subjective, vague reasons. Whenever possible, try to give concrete suggestions for improving the paper.

(2) Clarity.

Because EJP covers a wide range of topics, we don't expect that every probabilist can read every paper. Still, we expect authors to write as clearly as possible. The abstract and introduction should be accessible to a wide audience.

(3) Correctness.

Mathematical and algorithmic validity are the authors' professional responsibility. Referees can spot implausible claims and broad errors of statistical or mathematical reasoning, but are not expected to perform a line-by-line check of technical results, unless the referee feels that careful checking is crucial to the paper.

(4) Novelty.

Papers should be novel and interesting.

(5) The big picture.

It is your opinion about the paper's basic qualities rather than an extended technical review that is most important to us.

Thank you again for your help. Good refereeing is the key ingredient of a successful journal.


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