Why we liked #SixWordPeerReview

Twitter is a source for many creative memes, and this one parodying peer review in six words was right up our alley, because it highlights the issues with peer review we're trying to change. (Though we do encourage our own referees to be a bit more elaborate!)


  1. It all started with this tweet:
  2. Scientists on Twitter picked it up immediately, and managed to summarise their experience with reviews in just a few words. Some trends among the many tweets include rude and vindictive referees or referees deliberately holding back publication. Both are problems that we're trying to solve with our transparent (non-anonymous) post-publication peer review model!
  3. Another common trend was referees asking for way too much additional work, or deeming the work irrelevant. This is also something we discourage at F1000Research: we publish valid science, regardless of how groundbreaking it is or how small the study is. You shouldn't need to redo everything in the reviewer's favourite model organism and spend another 3 years on it.
  4. For reference, here's what we ask of our referees:
  5. See also our blog post for more discussion:
  6. Other tweets were six-word summaries of more constructive reviews. Although not always pleasant to receive, these are the kinds of reviews that a referee will happily sign, and if you dig through our site you'll probably be able to find real examples of public referee reports that resemble the ones below.