Recently, AGU editors recognized the contributions of outstanding reviewers, whose valuable expertise continues to raise the journals’ high standards. SOEST Atmospheric Sciences associate professor and interim department chair, Jennifer Griswold, was honored for her reviews of submissions to JGR: Atmospheres.
Below is an excerpt of the announcement from Matt Giampoala, Vice President, Science, AGU; and Carol Frost, Chair, AGU Publications Committee.
Today in Eos, AGU Publications again recognizes a number of outstanding reviewers for their work in 2019, as selected by the editors of each journal.
Peer review is central to communicating and advancing science. Although there have never been more ways to distribute ideas and research outputs online, a robust peer review ensures that we maintain the highest integrity in our scientific discourse. The peer review process is organized by our journal editors, but every article decision relies on individuals who take time out from their own research to volunteer their expertise. The work of these reviewers ensures proper evaluation of thousands of articles each year. We are truly thankful for their efforts.
As the uses for scientific literature have grown, so has the complexity of papers, which now typically include more authors bringing more techniques, data, simulations, and results. This increase in complexity, in turn, has increased the challenge and role of reviewing. The outstanding reviewers listed here have all provided in-depth evaluations, often over more than one round of revision, that greatly improved the final published papers. Their contributions have helped to raise the quality of submissions received from around the world, providing valuable feedback that elevates the prominence of our journals to the high standards that align with AGU tradition.
Editorials in each journal (some already published, some upcoming) express our appreciation along with recognition lists. Our thanks are a small recognition of the large responsibility that reviewers bear in improving our science and its role in society.
Each reviewer also receives a discount on AGU and Wiley books. We will continue to work with the Open Researcher and Contributor Identification network (ORCID) to provide official recognition of reviewers’ efforts, so that reviewers receive formal credit there.