10 tips for writing a truly terrible review


About this video

Following the success of his webinar 10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article, Editor Dr. Bert Blocken returns to the Researcher Academy to reveal the secrets of writing a substandard review report.

Not only has Dr. Blocken seen hundreds of submissions cross his desk in his dual role as journal editor and associate editor, he has also reviewed for more than 70 journals. These experiences mean he’s perfectly placed to share the dos and don’ts of journal review. And, to mark Peer Review Week 2017 (#PeerRevWk17), he agreed to run through the mistakes that make a review really awful – and how to avoid them. 

So, what are his top tips for getting it wrong? Submitting short and superficial reports and failing to check for novelty are right up there in his top 10. While some of his suggestions may seem obvious, Dr. Blocken makes it clear that poorly written reviews not only negatively affect authors, they also harm the reputation of the reviewer.

Whether a seasoned expert or an aspiring reviewer, you’ll come away armed with plenty of practical advice to help you complete the perfect review.

About the presenter

Bert Blocken

Professor of Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) KU Leuven

Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken is a Civil Engineer holding a PhD in Building Physics. He is Full Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. Bert has published 138 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is among the 150 most-cited researchers worldwide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering.