Reviewer Information for BSSA and SRL

Thank you for agreeing to review a paper. The quality and timeliness of SSA journals rely on the volunteer efforts of referees, and these efforts are greatly appreciated. The first and most important part of your review is a written commentary on the paper’s strengths and weaknesses, and on its suitability for publication in the journal. Please include in your commentary any suggestions for improving both the text and the figures. (Authors are not required to provide high resolution files until the paper is accepted, but if you are unable to evaluate a figure because of its quality, you can contact the editorial office and they will request an improved file from the author.)  Another important part of your review is the “Reviewer Form” and comments meant only for the Editors.

When you have prepared your review, following the instructions below, please log in to the journal’s online submission and peer review homepage as a reviewer (see bottom of page). You can do this through the link in the email we sent you when you accepted the review or by using your log in name and password on the site. Note that, for security reasons, the links in the email expire after several uses or a period of time. If that happens, you must login on the home page. That page also provides you with the option of retrieving your user name and password. If you are having trouble logging in, please contact our editorial office.

If you choose to waive anonymity, please include your name in the “Reviewer Blind Comments to the Author.”

If your review contains figures, complicated equations, or tables, then you may not be able to enter your review into the box labeled “Reviewer Blind Comments to the Author.” You can, however, upload a file as a companion file to the review. Please see the WARNING ON ANONYMITY below.

Annotated manuscripts can also be very useful for the authors. This can be done by inserting comments into the pdf file using a program such as Adobe Acrobat or by marking up the manuscript by hand and then scanning the pages into a computer file. These files can then be uploaded as companion files to your review. If you cannot scan and upload the manuscript yourself, please email the journal’s editorial office at or for instructions. Please see the WARNING ON ANONYMITY below.

WARNING ON ANONYMITY: Word processing files, image files, and pdf files uploaded as part of your review may contain your identity in their property fields and other places. The online system removes identifying information from Microsoft Office files including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files as well as Adobe PDF files. For the system to recognize the file type, the file name must contain the suffix such as .doc, .docx, .pdf, etc. For other types of files, if you do not remove your name from these fields, we cannot guarantee your anonymity.

The second part of your review is the Reviewer Confidential Comments to Editor, which begins with a series of questions about the manuscript.

After the series of questions, you may include comments meant only for the editors and not for the authors.


BSSA online submission and peer review homepage

SRL online submission and peer review homepage