checklist for Confidential Comments to the Editor
Confidential comments to the editor will not be shared with the authors and might include:
  • A definite recommendation regarding publication;
  • An assessment of how much any suggested additional experiments would improve the manuscript, and of how difficult they would be to complete within a reasonable timeframe (1-2 months);
  • In cases where the manuscript is unacceptable in its present form, an opinion about whether the study is sufficiently promising to encourage revision or resubmission;
  • An indication of whether a detailed statistical review is recommended.