Every December, the journal Environmental Microbiology publishes a collection of humorous quotes made by peer reviewers while assessing manuscripts submitted to the journal.
You can read some favorites over there. Some of mine are:
- The lack of negative controls. . . . results in the authors being lost in the funhouse. Unfortunately, I do not think they even realize this.
- Preliminary and intriguing results that should be published elsewhere.
- I suppose that I should be happy that I don’t have to spend a lot of time reviewing this dreadful paper; however I am depressed that people are performing such bad science.
- I agreed to review this Ms whilst answering e-mails in the golden glow of a balmy evening on the terrace of our holiday hotel on Lake Como. Back in the harsh light of reality in Belfast I realize that it’s just on the limit of my comfort zone and that it would probably have been better not to have volunteered.
- The biggest problem with this manuscript, which has nearly sucked the will to live out of me, is the terrible writing style.
Editor (2010). Referees’ quotes – 2010 Environmental Microbiology, 12 (12), 3303-3304 DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02394.x