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  1. #1 Biological paper 
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    I received a question list to ask the quality of a paper. I do not understand what is the meaning of "Succeeds by a large amount"? It means the paper meet the criterion very well? For example, if I want to say that the information presented in the paper is very new, I should place an x after 3 ?

    Thank you very much!

    The following is part of the question list:


    For each question, please use the following scale to answer (place an x in the space provided):
    "To what extent does the article meet this criterion?"

    0 Fails by a large amount
    1 Fails by a small amount
    2 Succeeds by a small amount
    3 Succeeds by a large amount
    4 Not applicable



    The information presented was new.

    0 __1 __2 __3 __4


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    Read "succeeds" as "true". So answer 3: "True, the information presented was new by a large amount".



    "Large amount" sounds like you're only rating quantity, but I'm sure you're supposed to rate quality as well!


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    If in doubt just put a value in the center. The editor will mostly look at the written comments since they do know that different scientists have different views on what constitutes a 3, 4 or 5.

    They just have this kind of list to make a first assessment.

    Nothing critical.
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