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

Dr. Bert Blocken 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. His main areas of expertise are urban physics, wind engineering and sports aerodynamics. He has published 180 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier, he is among the 150 most cited researchers world-wide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. He is listed as 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) for production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for field and year in the Web of Science Core Collection. He is an editor of the journal Building & Environment, associate editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics and assistant editor of the journal Sports Engineering. He supervises a team of five senior researchers and 26 PhD students. Website at urbanphysics.net.