Guidelines for LSC reviewers
The LSC paper review is intended to provide helpful feedback to the authors, as usual for any peer review.
But it is also intended to serve as a double-check that there is nothing potentially controversial within the LSC.
Some things to watch out for
Please note that the LSC reviews are, in general, NOT anonymous. If you would rather withold your name, please let us know.
- Is the author list appropriate?
- Is any data used in any point/form? This includes data from auxiliary channels and "hidden" usage of data for simulations etc.
The publication policy has provisions for the usage of data, but it is important that the P&P committee is aware of this.
- Are there statements of what the LSC will or will not do? (this includes searches and hardware).
- Are proper references made to related work within the LSC?
- Are references to LIGO instruments/results up to date? Resouces:
- Is there an acknowledgement of computing resources accessed through the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration: Computing acknowledgements
The minimal LSC review period for technical papers is 1 week. In order to allow for a response, we ask reviewers to return their reports in 5 days, if possible.
We realize this is not always compatible with your schedule, so it is of great help if you let us know right away whether you will be able to perform the review or not, so that we have the time necessary to find somebody else.
When you return your report, please specify whether you would like to see a revised version or not. If you do, the time window to provide feedback on a revised version is 3 days. In rare cases more iterations will be needed.
Thank you for agreeing to act as an LSC reviewer: your effort is greatly appreciated!