TIS Reviewer Guidelines

The following instructions and guidelines are sent to all TIS reviewers in order to guide their evaluation of submissions


Please find below some guidelines intended to help you in the evaluation of manuscripts for publication in TIS. After discussing the scholarly contribution of the manuscript, you may advise one of three options: (1) publication of the manuscript with few or no revisions; (2) resubmission of the manuscript after significant revisions have been made; (3) rejection of the manuscript. If you advise resubmission, please be as specific as possible concerning the recommended revisions.

  1. Appropriateness and Importance of the Topic

    Is this an important topic within the area? Is the paper likely to make an original contribution to knowledge in the field? Will the paper stimulate discussion?

  2. Theoretical Orientation

    Is a theoretical framework evident?  Are the stated hypotheses or research questions significant? Does the author refer appropriately to previous research? For theory-based papers (those which propose a new framework or reinterpret earlier studies), is the discussion substantive, thought-provoking, and insightful?

  3. Research Design (where appropriate)

    Has the author provided sufficient information about (1) the participants, (2) data collection , (3) analysis procedures? Is the design appropriate for the research questions or hypotheses? Are the findings of the research stated , or, if the study has not yet been carried out, are there clear indications of how the findings can be expected to answer the research questions? Are the findings likely to be of interest to readers?

  4. Presentation

    Is the paper well-written? Is it well-organized and clearly presented?

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