Doing an Excellent Review of a Sex Roles Paper

Doing an Excellent Review of a Sex Roles Paper Sex Roles (2010) 62:293 DOI 10.1007/s11199-010-9753-y EDITORIAL Irene Hanson Frieze Published online: 13 March 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 Reviewers do an enormous service for Sex Roles.An Roles, and would the research questions be of interest excellent review helps the author as well as the Editor, and to the readers of the journal? Does the topic add to helps to strengthen the journal. This editorial discusses existing research or does it merely replicate work already some issues to consider when doing a review for this done? Sex Roles is a journal that has consideration of journal. It is not essential that a reviewer consider each of gender roles and gender differences as a central focus. these points, but it should be clear what aspects of the paper Any article to be published in this journal needs to con- are being considered in the review and which are not. sider gender as the major topic to be examined. First, in writing your review, remember that your review 2. Hypotheses or Research Questions. Does the Introduc- is going to a real person. Be diplomatic! It is very helpful to tion include a set of clearly articulated research questions begin a review by noting the strengths of the manuscript or hypotheses? Are hypotheses testable? [Any null hy- before moving on to the criticisms. Reviewers have read an potheses should be noted and should be omitted from the article looking for possible problems, so it is helpful to step paper]. back before writing the review and think about how this 3. Review of related published research. Is current and feedback is best presented. relevant work reviewed? Are any key studies omitted? Second, note whether the paper is an initial submission What does this paper potentially add to this existing or a revision. Issues addressed in the reviewer comments work? Does the review make it clear to the reader why depend on the stage of revision. For an initial review of a the predictions being tested in the paper make sense paper, focus on the overall theory, measures and analyses. and provide a rationale for the predictions? Save specific suggestions about how sentences might be 4. Methods used. Is the sample clearly described and more clearly worded for later reviews. When looking at a appropriate for the research questions being asked? Is revision, be sure to comment on whether or not the author the sample large enough to provide good statistical responded to earlier feedback on the paper. power for the proposed analyses? Are the procedures Third, it is not necessary to provide line by line spelling used for data collection clearly described? Are there any or formatting corrections. A general sentence explaining obvious biases created by the procedures used? Is the that the paper does not follow APA style guidelines or that measurement of all variables later included in the Results the paper contains many spelling errors is sufficient. clearly described? Are appropriate psychometric proper- Here are points that might be considered in your review: ties of scales described? This should include the origin of the items, score creation, and Cronbach alphas. Are 1. Topic. It is helpful to briefly review the basic topic coding procedures for qualitative data clearly described? and research questions at the beginning of the review. 5. Results. Are the analyses what was expected given the Consider issues such as: Is the topic appropriate for Sex hypotheses? 6. Discussion. Does this section link back to the basic I. H. Frieze (*) theory from the Introduction? Is the focus on the ob- University of Pittsburgh, tained data in the study? Pittsburgh, PA, USA 7. Other. Are tables and figures clear? e-mail: Sex Roles Springer Journals

Doing an Excellent Review of a Sex Roles Paper

Sex Roles , Volume 62 (6) – Mar 13, 2010
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