Do you think the review in the AVJ about Fish Vetting Essentials was unjust?

I’ve to admit that many who have purchased Fish Vetting Essentials have found this text very helpful. That is our exact intention; to deliver practical information to aquatic veterinarians, biologists and advanced aquarists.

On the contrary, one person holds an alternate view. Why is it so? Are their arguments justified? On what basis?

Before you check out the link to the article published in the Australian Veterinary Journal, I’d like to quote a couple of papers on what constitutes a good and bad review.

If a reviewer has a bias against the author, he/she should recuse him/herself from reviewing the paper. A reviewer must be knowledgeable about the topic and have a clear understanding of the historical context in which the work was done.

Benos DJ, Kirk KL & Hall JE (2003) How to Review a Paper. Advances in Physiology Education. Vol 27, No 2, p48.

A good review is supportive, constructive, thoughtful, and fair. It identifies both strengths and weaknesses, and offers concrete suggestions for improvements. It acknowledges the reviewer’s biases where appropriate, and justifies the reviewer’s conclusions.

A bad review is superficial, nasty, petty, self-serving, or arrogant. It indulges the reviewer’s biases with no justification. It focuses exclusively on weaknesses and offers no specific suggestions for improvement.

Bengtson, VL & MacDermid SM (2003) How to Review a Journal Article: Suggestions for First-Time Reviewers and Reminders for Seasoned Experts. NCFR.

Now here is the link to the review on Fish Vetting Essentials in the AVJ, or use this link for the excerpt of the Original book review by PHS.

What would motivate someone to write such a review? Importantly, what is the purpose of using fabricated facts, in a book review? How did this get published in a respectable international scientific journal?

Another aquatic veterinarian submitted a Letter to the Editor. The full version can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

What was submitted to be published by SBP

Sadly, this was heavily edited and the final version that went to print can be found at the link below.

What was actually published by AVJ

We really only have one reputation. We must defend it. We really should be supporting our colleagues who do good work and maintain professionalism.

AVJ news

Yours sincerely,
Dr Richmond Loh

DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology) Murdoch, MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV.
Aquatic Veterinarian | Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University | President WAVMA | Secretary Aquatic Animal Health Chapter – ANZCVS.
The Fish Vet, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA.

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