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Reviewer Profile - Maria Raimo

In this issue's Reviewer Profile, we speak with Maria Raimo, a young chemist from Italy. Here she shares some of her reviewer experiences with us

Maria Raimo
Maria Raimo is a chemist working at ICTP (Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers) in Pozzuoli
(Naples), Italy.
 
She has published on thermal, morphological and mechanical characterization of materials, with particular attention to the development of the microstructure and interfaces during solidification of polymeric matrices.
 
Her knowledge and experience has led to a role as a referee for a number of international journals.

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1. What do you enjoy most about being a reviewer?
Being able to get acquainted with the latest enquiries by researchers all around the world and to have the chance to contribute, somehow, to their work.

2. In the time that you've been a reviewer, what trends have you noticed?
I've noticed more and more care and solicitousness has been demanded in review activities. Many efforts in matching the field of expertise of reviewers and also avoiding conflicts of interest have been made from editors. On the other hand, reviewers have realized that it is necessary to adequately motivate their scientific opinions on manuscripts and recommendations. 

3. How do you envision the role of the reviewer being different in the year 2020?
I envisage that reviewers will acquire more and more awareness of acting as servants of science, beyond to maintain high standards of peer-reviewed journals.

4.What would you change about the scientific journal publishing industry if you could?
I would appreciate the recognition of the importance of expressing thankfulness to reviewers, even, why not, by awarding prizes.

5. What advice would you give to a new reviewer?
To be conscious of his/her responsibility and to be free of prejudices. Moreover, to be helpful and to give suggestions to improve the quality of the work of others, even if the manuscript is considered not suitable for immediate publication.

6. What do you think people would find most surprising about your role as a reviewer?
I think people would be surprised about one of the results of reviewing: professional and human growth of reviewers.

7. How do you balance your role as a reviewer with your other roles?
There is no conflict between my different roles. I like my research work and I consider reviewing to be part of and not less important than it. I do not forget that I am also an author and therefore I try to review an other people's manuscript as it was mine. 

8. What is your favourite quote?
The one from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge".

9. What do you like to do for fun?
I am very fond of music and I like playing classic guitar and singing Neapolitan songs.



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