FIG Peer Review Journal

Instruction for reviewers


1. Introduction

The aim of the Peer Review is to

  • proof, assure and improve the quality of the presented papers at the Congress.
  • offer to the authors the possibility of an external check for their professional  work
  • offer academic proof for a scientific publication.

2. General Procedure

This review is “double-blind”, which means that at least 2 independent experts are reviewing each paper twice. The paper was made anonymous beforehand. In other words: the reviewer does not know the originator of this paper. The reviewer should not indicate to the author – even after the Congress – that he was reviewing the paper.

The quality of our Peer Review depends directly from your effort and your expertise. With respect to the fixed date of the Working Week there is only a limited period of time for the review and for the changes and improvements done by authors.
If the paper is finally “not accepted” as Peer Reviewed Paper, the author has still the option to publish and present it as a normal paper. The fact that a paper failed the review will not be published.

a. Final Recommendation

With the paper to be reviewed you receive an online questionnaire. The link to the questionnaire is s unique created for each reviewer/paper. The unique link is tied to the reviewer so you can submit a review/questionnaire on the paper.

Please write comments exclusively for the editors and comments or instructions for the authors. It is recommended to write comments to the author to give the author a more thorough explanation of your rating and evaluation. Please also notice that your rating will be blinded, so that the author does not know the identity of the reviewers. Please also notice that the paper for the first review will not be edited in the FIG template but is the paper originally submitted by the author. When improving the paper if needed, the author will also be asked to use the FIG template if that is not already the case.
For your final recommendation you have four options:

AAA - Accepted without changes
AA - Accepted with minor changes changes
A - Accepted with major changes changes
NA - Not accepted

 “Minor changes” are optional for the author; “Major changes” must be done by the authors otherwise FIG will not publish the paper as successfully Peer Reviewed. Due to the limitations in time (in contradiction to a Review for a Journal) it is possible that the general idea of the paper is excellent, but there is not sufficient time left for the necessary general revision. Conclusion: The paper must be rejected! In this case you could recommend to revise the paper and to present it at the next working week or Congress. Otherwise the paper can be presented as a normal non-peer-review paper.
Consider also that a paper which is not highly innovative can still be of excellent quality, due to its originality (Best Practice Report, Description of the state-of-the art, strategic ideas,…)

b. Follow-Up of major changes

If major changes are required FIG asks the author if they are willing to do these on time. If he does agree, FIG will check the improvements of the paper and forward the paper to the reviewer for the second round of review.

c. Policy

Please consider that authors for an FIG-Working Week are coming from all over the world. The possibilities of work (access to literature, databases, software, etc.) are quite different. We also have young authors who are not as experienced in research & publication as you as an expert are.

We expect that on one hand you are polite and constructive, but on the other hand your recommendation must be clear and objective.

d. Language

The big majority of the FIG-community, including the authors and the reviewers are non-native speakers. Therefore you should check also the language of the paper (correctness, comprehensibility, …), but you should not give corrections! Of course, you can give the author an example of his faults, but please do not correct the document.

e. Originality

Question N0 12 is very important: If the paper was – to your knowledge - in a large extent already published (especially as a peer reviewed publication!) then you should consider seriously to reject the paper! This does not mean that the author cannot rely on his ideas from previous papers, but at least there are some new aspects, investigations, methods or policies required.

If you are unable to complete a review

If for any reason the reviewer cannot submit by the required date or cannot complete the review for any other reason (e.g. they have a conflict of interest), they must notify the FIG Office at

If you have any questions about the online review process please contact Claudia Stormoen at

Thank you very much for your efforts and your time spent on this. It helps FIG to improve the quality and the attractiveness of our Working Week.

Volker Schwieger
Chief Editor