Focus on Peer-review: With JPhysA Reviewer of the Year – Jukka Kiukas

Here at IOP Publishing we are proud to recognize the invaluable service that our reviewers provide the scientific community. To celebrate their contribution, last year we awarded 1391 Outstanding Reviewer awards, and 39 Reviewer of the Year awards across our journals. Here, we focus on Jukka Kiukas of Aberystwyth University, 2016 Reviewer of the Year for Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical.

Dr Jukka Kiukas

Dr Jukka Kiukas

A lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Aberystwyth University, Wales, Dr. Jukka Kiukas finds that the papers he reviews for the Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical complement his own research. One paper that recently piqued his interest deals with dynamical aspects of temporal quantum correlations:“Divisible quantum dynamics satisfies temporal Tsirelson’s bound” (Thao Le et al 2017 J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 50 055302).

The journal reports on the mathematical structures that describe the physical world and on the analytical, computational and numerical methods for exploring these structures; thus, when reviewing a manuscript, Dr. Kiukas insists on mathematically rigorous arguments.

If the content of the article is on a subject Dr. Kiukas knows well, he expects to be intrigued by the results or to learn something new. For this reason, authors should ensure that their paper does not significantly overlap with other published papers and include a well-written introduction that explains why their work is relevant.

Dr. Kiukas’ advice to first-time reviewers is to seek out the main points in the manuscript. If the significance of the paper is not obvious, then the reviewer should ask the author to put forward their message more clearly. This constructive criticism is far more valuable to authors than singling out more minor issues, he says.

Knowing that everyone appreciates a timely review, Dr. Kiukas believes all researchers should put some effort into reviewing.

On behalf of the editorial staff and authors of JPhysA, a massive thank you to Dr. Kiukas and to the full list of the Award Winning Reviewers on Journal of Physics A.

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