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Is "being a good reviewer" a persistent quality?

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:04 GMT

Author: Ignacio Garcia-Doval
Position: MD PhD
Institution: Complexo Hospitalario de Pontevedra. Pontevedra. Spain
E-mail: ignacio.garcia.doval@sergas.es
Submitted Date: January 31, 2007
Published Date: January 31, 2007
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After reading you interesting paper, I I think I think that all editors will feel a bit disppointed: there are no magic answers to their practical question: who will be a good reviewer for this paper?

So, they will probably stick to the old practice: try to get a good group of reviewers and ask them to do it. However this way of working is based on the asumption that being a good reviewer is a long-lasting quality, so that doing a good review predicts that the next review will also be good.

I could not find a clear answer to that question in this paper. I think that with their dataset the authors can probably provide us with an answer, that will reasure editors on their decission to stick to the group of reviewers that have produced good reviews in the past.
Would they be so kind?

Thanks,
Ignacio García Doval

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