What is important to consider when being a Reviewer?

The Learning Organization: An International Journal

We've asked reviewers who were recently awarded "Best Reviewer" for their input on what they consider to be important when being a reviewer:

"To offer constructive and actionable feedback within the scope of the submission for authors to improve their manuscripts"

Siu Loon Hoe - Best Reviewer 2016


"Regarding a manuscript's content, I look for evidence that the author thought deeply about the issues and has something original to say, rather than hashing together glib or erroneous statements and perhaps hoping no-one will notice; and regarding expression, I look for manuscripts that have a solid, logical structure with ideas and associated evidence presented progressively, as a barrister might when presenting a case. I get concerned when conjuctive adverbs like 'thus' and 'therefore' are used repeatedly to claim logical flow when none exists."

Laurie Field - Best Reviewer 2017

"Before accepting the paper I have to be convinced. And I have to see good arguments about the choices made. I also look for the critical dialogue of learning organization/organizational learning which is the purpose of the journal. Without that, no acceptance."

Carina Abrahamson Löfström - Best Reviewer 2018


"When I review a manuscript, I place a 'contribution' at the center and seek evidence from the manuscript. Then, I try to provide feedback on the authors' main ideas in a way that the manuscript can more clearly reveal its significance to the advancement of the learning organization and organizational learning field."

Kyoungshin Kim - Best Reviewer 2019

"Here’s how I review an article.
First I read the article to identify the author’s conclusions.
Then I examine the evidence, and the author’s interpretation of the evidence, associated with each conclusion. 
This second step enables me to determine the strength of each conclusion.
I then evaluate the importance of each conclusion.
Articles with important conclusions that are strongly supported are important articles, and are articles that I recommend for publication."

George Huber - Best Reviewer 2019