Instructions for Refs


SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry

Instructions for Referees


SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (SIAGA) depends heavily on our referees, and we are greatly indebted to you for maintaining the quality and timeliness of our journal. Thank you for your help in assessing manuscripts.

Review Process


Please see the journal's Editorial Policy.

Review Process

The manuscript submission and peer review process is broken down into the following steps:

  1. The author submits a manuscript.
  2. The editor-in-chief assigns a corresponding editor. The corresponding editor may assign an associate editor to handle the review for the paper. The associate editor selects referees to review and report on the manuscript.
  3. The referees review the manuscript.
  4. The associate editor makes a recommendation.
  5. The corresponding editor makes a decision based on the associate editor's recommendation and the referee reports. The author is contacted.

Navigating the System

When invited to serve as a referee there are two ways to gain access to the manuscript.

  1. You'll receive an email with basic information about the submission and three links - one to accept the assignment, one to decline the assignment, and one to view the manuscript before deciding whether to accept or decline.
    1. 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.
    2. 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 email.
  2.  You can alternately access your files by logging into the system located here, using your user name and password. You are then taken to your "Home" page. It will list your assignment via a manuscript link. After clicking this link, you will be presented with a screen containing:
    1. Information about the submission, and links to the manuscript and author cover letter
    2. Links to Accept/Decline to serve as a referee
    3. A link to contact journal staff

Review Manuscript

Once you have accepted the referee assignment you will be presented with a "Review Manuscript" link. Clicking on this link displays your assessment screen. Here, you can enter your recommendation and 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:

Select from a drop-down menu. This manuscript is:

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor
  • Not appropriate for the journal

Select from a drop-down menu. I recommend:

  • Reject
  • Return to the author for major revisions, outlined in report
  • Return to the author for minor revisions, outlined in report
  • Publish as is

Other Notes

Text Box for Reports

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 or TeX, and copy and paste into the referee remarks text area on this screen.

NOTE: As a referee, you have 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. PDF and Word file attachments sometimes contain hidden information that reveal your identity. If you must send an attachment know that it may be forwarded to the author by the review editor, so please be sure to first edit the file for profile information that, if left in place, could disclose your identity as the owner/creator. See more information on finding and removing identity clues in referee reports.


Private Message to Editor

As mentioned above, a referee wishing to make a point to the editor that is not meant for the author can use the text box labeled "Private Message to Review Editor." This is found directly below the "Detailed Comments" text box where you enter your report. The "Private Message to Review Editor” text box is optional, and should be used only for items not to be forwarded to the author.


Supplementary Materials

SIAGA 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 itself, 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 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. Read more for information on the full guidelines on the journal's Supplementary Materials policy.


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.

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