Reviewer Information

TSR Reviewer Guidelines

Thank you for agreeing to review a paper for TSR. The quality and timeliness of TSR rely on the volunteer efforts of referees, and these efforts are greatly appreciated by everyone. The first and most important part of your review is a written commentary on the paper’s strengths, weaknesses and suitability for publication in TSR. Our community depends on your thorough feedback to authors so that published research is the highest quality possible.

TSR’s mission is to respond rapidly to recent events and current topics. TSR requires shorter turnaround times for authors and reviewers, and the journal only publishes short-form original research articles that are no longer than 3500 words.

Instructions for TSR Reviewers

  • 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.)
  • Where needed, please encourage authors to follow our submission guidelines:
    • No more than 3500 words, excluding references, figure and table captions (inclusive of Abstract, Declaration of Competing Interests, Data Availability Statement)
    • No more than five (5) figures and/or tables
    • No more than 30 references
  • All essential information to the manuscript must be included in the article. Supplemental Material may be included at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, however, it must not contain essential article information. If the manuscript you have been invited to review includes Supplemental Material, we kindly ask you to include it in your review.

Important to know:

When you have prepared your review, following the instructions below, please log in to our online submission and peer review home page at as a reviewer. You can do this through the link in the email we sent you when you accepted our invitation to review for TSR 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, here you can also retrieve your user name and password if needed. 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 editorial office at 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.