Thank you for agreeing to review a TNB manuscript. Per your agreement with the Associate Editor, you have agreed to complete the review within FOUR WEEKS of the email date. Reminders of deadlines will be sent automatically from the Manuscript Central in pursuit of this deadline. Any questions you may have about this manuscript or the review process should be directed to the Associate Editor. Please refer to the Manuscript Number in ALL correspondence or phone contacts with the Associate Editor or the EMBS Publications Office. Please go to the Manuscript Central website or to the EMBS website to find instructions to create an account and electronically submit your review. Once you login, you can access an electronic version of the manuscript for your perusal.
You are required to COMPLETE the electronic review form in Manuscript Central. If you think it is absolutely necessary to forward to the author annotated pages of the manuscript, you can either create the comments in PDF format, scan your comments and include them in Manuscript Central as comments to the AE, email them to the AE, or mail the comments to the EMBS Office to be scanned in and forward to the authors.
Remember that manuscripts should not grow appreciably after a review, and when appropriate probably should contract a bit. Authors should not state the obvious in their papers, but only refer to established science by providing a reference. The desirable published manuscript length is 7 pages, so please help the author identify, through your review, how the paper can be improved to save space while still making full scientific disclosure.
The review categories are self-explanatory. However, three criteria are NECESSARY for a recommendation of acceptance for publication: NOVELTY (new science or a new approach to established science), QUALITY (technical content is accurate), and APPROPRIATENESS (a manuscript that is complete in and of itself, and a good “fit” with the transactions to which it was submitted). If you find that a manuscript would be a better match in another EMBS publication, you should so advise the AE.