A paper that I was recently asked to review, for Academia Letters

The reviews are posted with the paper, in the column on the right. If Academia sent an invitation for a discussion, then I’ve overlooked that. I haven’t checked yet whether the paper underwent revisions after I reviewed it.


6 August 2021

Dear Angelina,

Thank you for taking the time to review Dr. S.K Mishra’s article “Primordial Germ Cell mediated Inter-species germline chimerism: a promising technology for re-population and de-extinction of rare and endangered avian species ” submitted to Academia Letters.

We have decided to publish the article because a majority of reviewers thought it was worth reading by their peers. Here are the positive reviews, which will be published alongside the article:

“I recommend this article for publication. While the basic ideas presented in it are not new, they remain thought-provoking as well as urgent and the described research is certainly new, to my knowledge. (I am unable to assess the research in all its details.) What is missing, in my view, is a paragraph about de-extinction and biobanks for genetic resources. That would make the article more informative for a broader audience. A general comment is that it remains interesting that we humans have more questions about animal-human chimeras than about animal-animal chimeras in view of the fact that humans are mammals and animals are merely non-human animals. (One might consider this speciesism.) Last but not least, I urge the authors to have the paper edited as it contains run-on sentences and various little hiccups. They do not hamper the readers’ understanding of the paper but they do lower the enjoyability factor.”

—Angelina Souren

“This is an interesting article about using innovative technology to conserve some birds in order to maintain diversity and diversity in order to preserve the environment. And this research report is thought provoking as well as having a very applicable outcome for the day.”

—Pawan Chankapure

“Yes it’s worth reading. It’s explore a genetic method of germ cell conservation, propagation and prevention of species extinction. The importance of wild birds in maintaining the ecosystem can not be over emphasized. The methods received here can be imbibe to propagate both wild and domestic bird that tends to extinction.”

—Dr. Felix Uchenna Samuel, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

“This is an interesting paper that describes using primordial germ cells to form chimeras that can be useful in saving endangered species. Te procedure is workable in avian species. The paper is well written, methodology acceptable and understandable by a lay readership.”

—E. Goldberg

“The technology described in paper is amaze for future development toward to save our ecosystem. I don’t know whether this technology will work or not but chances are there if PGCs can be stimulated for re-populations. ”

—Ramesh Padodara, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh

“The proposal of the topic is interesting and important for all colleagues interested in the research area and their participation in reading this essay will allow other researchers to follow this line of experimental work to seek better answers in this regard.”

—Francisco Javier Jiménez Trejo

We’ll host an open discussion of the Letter after it’s published. These positive reviews will be used to kick off the conversation. You’ll receive an invite in the next few weeks.


The Academia Team

One thought on “A paper that I was recently asked to review, for Academia Letters

  1. This is how science works:
    It cost the authors 300 bucks to publish this paper. Neither authors nor reviewers are paid. But the general public always thinks that we are. Scientists also pay to be able to participate in conferences, give talks there etc. The general public assumes that scientists are paid to speak at conferences. No. To the contrary.

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