Archive for January 4th, 2008

Interface: the underlying unificatory theme

January 4, 2008
An editorial in the latest issue of Nature Materials tells what the 2007 Physics and Chemistry Nobel prizes have in common other than that both are related to investigations into the properties of materials:
… both awards point to the fundamental importance of surfaces and interfaces, and moreover both topics depend on a detailed understanding of the electronic structures of materials.
The piece goes on to discuss the contributions of both Ertl and Fert and Gruenberg. Take a look!

Some thoughts on peer review

January 4, 2008

In the latest issue of Science there are a couple of letters on different aspects of peer review; William F Perrin argues as to why for each paper you publish, you should be reviewing four:

If an average acceptance rate of 50% is assumed, and if each paper needs at least two reviews, then each paper published represents at least four reviews. Following this logic, if you publish three or four papers a year, you should be doing at least 12 to 16 reviews.

Robert S Zucker, in his letter, gives some tips on reviewing and cautions reviewers against two common mistakes:

The first mistake is to reflexively demand that more be done.

The second mistake often made by reviewers is failing to consider all of the journal’s goals and requirements, including standards and guidelines stated in the editorial policy and gleaned from its articles.

Take a look!