“Congratulations to Daniel. This is a great acknowledgement for your service to the profession by the editors of Physical Review and Physical Review Letters,” said Dr. David Ingram, Professor and Chair of Physics & Astronomy. “It is also noteworthy that you are the third person in the department to be awarded this distinction given that there are 60,000 active referees and only 150 are awarded each year.”
“I enjoy refereeing,” said Phillips. “It gives me the opportunity to read papers I might not otherwise encounter, and then the further opportunity to (I hope!) assist authors with getting the physics right and communicating their results clearly. That’s rewarding–if rather time-consuming! Physical Review and Physical Review Letters are the premier U.S. journals for physics research, and many excellent scientists referee for them. I am delighted and honored to have been selected as an Outstanding Referee by the editors of these journals.”
In 2008, the American Physical Society initiated a highly selective award program to recognize scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. The program annually recognizes approximately 150 of the 60,000 currently active referees, although larger groups were recognized in the first two years of the program. Like Fellowship in the APS and other organizations, this is a lifetime award. In initiating the program, APS expresses appreciation to all referees, whose efforts in peer review not only keep the standards of the journals at a high level, but in many cases also help authors to improve the quality and readability of their articles—even those that are not published by APS.
The selection of Outstanding Referees was made based on 30 years of records on over 80,000 referees (some no longer in active service) who have been called upon to review manuscripts, of which more than 37,500 were submitted in 2013. The basis for selection was the quality, number and timeliness of their reports, without regard for membership in the APS, country of origin, or field of research. Individuals with current or very recent direct connections to the journals, such as editors and editorial board members, were excluded. The decisions were difficult and there are many excellent referees who remain to be recognized. This year 143 Outstanding Referees were selected.
The 2014 honorees come from 27 different countries, with large contingents from the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, and France. See the names of all honorees.
About APS: The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.