Please keep your comments constructive. If the problems you identify cannot be fixed, try to provide the authors with constructive ideas for how they might improve upon their submission as they develop their research. It is also important to try to identify the strengths of a manuscript to help the author(s) improve their work.
Kindly Identify areas of weakness in a manuscript, and also provide specific guidance on how the authors might address the limitations you have noted. The more specificity you provide in your review, the more likely it is that the authors will benefit from your efforts.
Please try to be open-minded to different authors using different theoretical frameworks. Try to judge manuscripts based on how well they stimulate thinking and discussion. Also, keep in mind that many Academy members come from disciplinary backgrounds and research traditions with diverse theoretical and methodological orientations.
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- Provide a structured review by separating and numbering comments. Also, where appropriate, cite specific page numbers, passages, tables, and figures in your review.
Specific Areas to consider:
The following points are some suggested criteria that might help you structure your evaluations of the submissions sent to you.
- Is there a clear research question, with a solid motivation behind it?
- Is the research question interesting?
- After reading the introduction, did you find yourself motivated to read further?
- Does the submission contain a well-developed and articulated theoretical framework?
- Are the core concepts of the submission clearly defined?
- Is the logic behind the hypotheses persuasive?
- Is extant literature appropriately reflected in the submission, or are critical references missing?
- Do the hypotheses or propositions logically flow from the theory?
3. Method (for empirical papers)
- Are the sample and variables appropriate for the hypotheses?
- Is the data collection method consistent with the analytical technique(s) applied?
- Does the study have internal and external validity?
- Are the analytical techniques appropriate for the theory and research questions and were they applied appropriately.
- Results (for empirical papers)
- Are the results reported in an understandable way?
- Are there alternative explanations for the results, and if so, are these adequately controlled for in the analyses?
- Does the submission make a value-added contribution to existing research?
- Does the submission stimulate thought or debate?
- Do the authors discuss the implications of the work for the scientific and practice community?