peer review, student journal, advice wanted 

I am reviewing a couple of papers for a student's journal at my old uni. One of them has a bunch of problems that could suggest rejection. However, I would rather just recommend a major revision. I don't like the idea of discouraging students, but I also don't want to be too lenient. What do you do in these cases?


peer review, student journal, advice wanted 

@okf Major revisions can be right. It can be difficult to know what the line is for that compared to reject. I would tend to do it only if I can say to the author what the revisions would be fairly clearly, and it's clear that that would be a better version of the current paper. Otherwise, it's just asking for a different paper and that should be a reject, I think.

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peer review, student journal, advice wanted 

@twsh This is exactly right. I checked my notes again, and I realized that the revisions would amount to asking for a complete change of the goals of the paper. So I went for a rejection in the end (the part that I thought was salvageable could work outside of the paper's main framing idea).

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