Do you know how to referee a paper?

This is the question asked by Ai Lin Chun of Nature Nanotechnology , at the journal’s Nature Network forum. She writes: “In the past year, a few people have ask ‘how do I referee a paper?’. It took me by surprise the first time I heard it mainly because it’s not something that has occurred to me before. It is clearly a valid question given it is not a subject taught in graduate school. Over time, we all seemed to have “learned” how to referee a paper by doing one for our supervisor(s) at some point. Should we be formally 


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