Category Archives: Refereeing

How long do referees need to review a journal paper?

When I was an editor, I often encountered referees who did not usually review papers in my field. I was told that our aspiration of asking referees to complete their tasks in two weeks was unusual. Apparently, in most social … Continue reading

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How to view a paper in two screens in Acrobat

Occasionally, a frustrated referee complains about a practice that this journal shares with many others. We ask authors to place the Tables and Figures at the end of the manuscript, rather than inserting them near the point at which they … Continue reading

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What editors look for in referee reports

A recent discussion in sparked some interest. I was particularly interested in the views from editors of various journals such as Organization Science, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, American Sociological Review, and Administrative Science Quarterly. If … Continue reading

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How to review a research paper

The text below originally appeared in an ARCOM Newsletter. I reproduce a revised version here to make it more accessible to new researchers who might not be combing through back-numbers of ARCOM newsletters at There are many things that … Continue reading

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Why does it take so long to get my paper refereed?

While most referees are very diligent in taking less than two weeks to review papers, authors often experience a sense of frustration when they have to wait much longer than this to get the first decision and feedback on their … Continue reading

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