Authors' Response to Peer-Review Reports: https://bio.jmirx.org/2023/1/e50618/
Published Article: https://bio.jmirx.org/2023/1/e49063/
This is a peer-review report submitted for the paper “The Loch Ness Monster: If It’s Real, Could It Be an Eel?”
Round 1 Review
Interesting paper  and a useful attempt at answering a cryptozoological question using real data, although some of the data used is not quite relevant to the cold waters of Ness. There was no Figure 2 included with the manuscript. A description of eel behavior outlining how they do not swim upward and out of the water akin to “Nessie” breaching would be useful.
Essential Revisions That Are Required to Verify the Manuscript
A map of locations. Corrected inclusion of Figure 2. Some wider eel biometric data such as that to be found in any of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Working Group on Eels’ annual reports; reference to The Eel by Tesch and Thorpe  for comments on eel behavior and comments on biometry.
Other Suggestions to Improve the Manuscript
Inclusion of some images of very large 1 m plus eels for comparative purposes.
Verified with reservations: The content is academically sound but has shortcomings that could be improved by further studies or minor revisions based on the edits suggested above.
Round 2 Review
The great inclusions and revisions certainly make the paper a finished article and a genuinely interesting read—print as seen.
Conflicts of Interest
This paper was peer-reviewed by the Plan P Hashtag Community partner #PeerRef.
- Foxon F. The Loch Ness monster: if it's real, could it be an eel? JMIRx Bio. 2023:e49063. [CrossRef]
- Tesch FW, Thorpe JE, editors. The Eel. Hoboken, NJ. John Wiley & Sons; 2003;1-71.
Edited by G Eysenbach; This is a non–peer-reviewed article. submitted 06.07.23; accepted 06.07.23; published 21.07.23.Copyright
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