Guidelines for Referees
Thank you for agreeing to help edit the Electronic Journal of
Statistics. We seek high quality papers covering theory, methodology
or applications. When refereeing for EJS, please keep the following
(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.
Because EJS covers a wide range of topics, we don't expect that every
statistician 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.
Checking mathematical and algorithmic validity is important, but needs
to be balanced with timeliness. Line-by-line checking of all
results is time-consuming and not necessarily the most effective
method for detecting errors. Referees should first look for
implausible claims and broad
errors of statistical or mathematical reasoning and then focus
attention on parts of a paper most likely in error.
Papers should be novel and interesting, but, not every paper can have an earth
shattering breakthrough. Even small contributions can be interesting.
(5) Unusual ideas are welcome.
Fresh and unusual points of view are particularly welcome in EJS,
even if they may be controversial.
(6) The big picture.
Your opinion about the paper's basic qualities rather than an extended
technical review that is most important to us.
Please submit your report in 3 weeks if at all possible.
If you need more time, let the Associate Editor know.
Thank you again for your help. Good refereeing is the key ingredient
of a successful journal.