While your first thought may be, "I don’t have time for this," reviewing manuscripts can be a great opportunity.
Reviewers get an early view of what’s happening in their fields, better insight into how the review process works and a chance to network, all of which can foster your career, says Rose Sokol-Chang, Ph D, publisher of APA journals.
I wrote a paper a few months ago, which I submitted to a journal and is currently under review. Lately I have been thinking about a few things with a colleague and we came up with a small project which uses the results of my paper.
The new paper is already written, and we are planning to submit it to a journal (not the same one).
Be sure that you have a clear understanding of the journal’s intended audience.
Editors will often give you a list of instructions for your review as well. Also, find out the journal’s policy regarding reviewer anonymity.
It's out of the question to consider merging both papers into one, for example.
A common way to handle such a previous submission that is still under review is to create a technical report out of the previous submission, publish this report on your home page or on arxiv.org, and cite this technical report in your new paper.
"Innovation and novelty need to be recognized," says Antonia Abbey, Ph D, editor of .
At the end of your process, you will recommend whether the journal should accept the manuscript as is, reject it outright or ask the authors to revise and resubmit the article.