Instructions for Referees
The SIAM Review (SIREV) depends heavily on our referees, and we are greatly indebted for maintaining the quality and timeliness of our journal. Thank you for your help in assessing manuscripts.
The SIAM Review consists of five sections, all containing articles of broad interest. Survey and Review features papers with a deliberately integrative and up-to-date perspective on a major topic in applied or computational mathematics or scientific computing. Research Spotlights publishes research papers of moderate length in applied and computational mathematics which will appeal to SIAM Review's diverse audience. The section publishes both traditional articles and, for example, papers about software, focused survey articles, or timely communications. SIGEST highlights a recent paper from one of SIAM's eleven specialized research journals, chosen on the basis of exceptional interest to the entire SIAM community and revised and condensed as needed for greater accessibility. Education consists primarily of individual modules that are self-contained presentations of specific topics in applied mathematics, scientific computation, or their applications; each module provides the primary material needed to teach a given topic as well as supplementary material. The Book Reviews section contains a featured review that provides an overview of several books in a subject area. Shorter reviews of individual books are also included.
The manuscript submission and peer review process is broken down into the following steps:
- The Author submits a manuscript.
- The Editor-in-Chief assigns an Associate Editor to act as Reviewing Editor for the paper.
- The Associate Editor assigns Referees.
- The Referees review the manuscript and send reports.
- The Associate Editor makes a decision and the author is contacted.
Navigating the System
All SIREV papers go through review in the web-based Journal Submission & Tracking System; http://peerreview.siam.org/.
When invited to serve as a referee there are two ways to gain access to the manuscript.
- You'll receive an e-mail with basic information about the paper, a
link to accept the assignment, and a link to decline the
Accept referee assignment: If you accept, the link will automatically log you into the system and take you directly to the files for the pertinent paper.
Decline referee assignment: If you are unable to review this manuscript and must decline we appreciate any suggestions of potential referees. You can suggest other reviewers or offer any observation on the paper by e-mailing email@example.com.
- You can alternately access your files by logging into the system
Enter your user name and password. You are then taken to your "Home"
page. It will have different categories of tasks. If you are required
to perform a pending action item, there will be a red arrow next to a
manuscript link. After clicking on this link, you will be presented
with a "Manuscript" screen containing:
- Information about the specific manuscript.
- A link to see the manuscript
- Links to Accept/Decline to serve as a referee.
- A link to contact journal staff.
If there are no red arrows visible on the "Home" page, then there is no pending work.
Once in the system you will be presented with a "Manuscript" screen. At the bottom of this screen under "Manuscript Tasks" is a "Review Manuscript" link. Clicking on this link displays the "Review Manuscript" screen. This screen asks for a recommendation and for a report.*
* Note that in giving a recommendation, along with a free-form text box that allows you to copy and paste a report and /or comments, you must:
- Not appropriate for the journal.
- Reject outright;
- Return to the author for major revisions, outlined in comments;
- Publish after minor revisions, outlined in comments; or
- Publish as is.
There is also a text box available if you wish to include a private message to the Review Editor. Comments entered here are not meant to be seen by the author(s).
Finally, a manuscript evaluation form is available, but the use of this is optional.
If you prefer to work offline, you may find it faster and easier to download and print the manuscript, draft your review remarks in plain text, and copy and paste into the referee remarks text area on this screen. Again, the manuscript evaluation form is optional; the drop-down recommendations and report are required.
NOTE: As a referee, SIREV offers the option of attaching a file to deliver your report. It is recommended, however, that you instead use the text box on the Referee Recommendation Screen to type or paste plain text or TeX code. File attachments are not recommended, as referee confidentiality may be compromised. However, if you must send an attachment know that it may be forwarded to the author by the Reviewing Editor, so please be sure to first edit the file for profile information thatif left in placecould disclose your identity as the owner/creator.
See here for specifics on how to remove hidden identity clues from PDF and Word files.
SIREV authors are encouraged to submit Supplementary Materials to complement articles. They might include additional figures or examples, animations, data sets used in the paper, computer code used to generate figures or tables, or other materials that are necessary to fully document the research contained in the paper or to facilitate the readers' ability to understand and extend the work.
If you are refereeing a paper that does include Supplementary Materials, along with the manuscript, know that the Supplementary Materials are generally not refereed but are available to you, as a referee. As part of your review you are asked to give the materials at least a cursory look and verify that they are appropriate to accompany the article. You may suggest changes, including removing some extraneous Supplementary Materials or moving items from the main text to the Supplementary Materials.
The author is also asked to submit an index of the supplementary materials. You should find a listing of each item along with a brief description and a justification for why the item should be included. This should be helpful in judging the appropriateness of the materials.
Full guidelines on the journal's Supplementary Materials policy are available at http://www.siam.org/journals/sirev/supplementary.php.
If you need additional help, you can click on the help signs throughout the system. A help dialog will pop up with context sensitive help. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
To get the status of your assigned manuscript(s):
- Log into the system with your password.
- Click on the link represented by the manuscript tracking number and abbreviated title.
- Click on the "Check Status" link at the bottom of the displayed page.
NOTE: Author rights to unpublished manuscripts:
All manuscripts are privileged documents; an author retains the right to the unpublished work. A referee should not use results or ideas obtained exclusively through the refereeing process in his or her own research.