As a Reviewer for an ISI journal, your principal role is as a mentor to the author. This mentoring by you and your fellow reviewers makes ISI a constructive force in academia higher education and beyond.

Your crucial role is that of an agent for improving research and researchers. While other journals ask for gatekeepers, your role is of a guide. While other journals ask for referees, your role is of the coach. At ISI, we all help each other. Reviewers mentor authors, Editors mentor reviewers and authors, and Editors-in-Chief mentor their editors.

This document is organized to give you first a quick view of your role and then to provide details on how to do the task of a Reviewer.

If you have questions about reviewing issues, ask the paper’s Editor. You can find the name of the assigned Editor in your Letter of Assignment (and a copy of it online with the paper). If you have questions not covered here about how to use the system, ask the Managing Editor.