Microbiology posts its best reviewer comments every year; the 2010 edition is out (I beleive the article is ungated). A few highlights include:
- The writing and data presentation are so bad that I had to leave work and go home early and then spend time to wonder what life is about.
- It is sad to see so much enthusiasm and effort go into analyzing a dataset that is just not big enough.
- I have to admit that I would have liked to reject this paper because I found the tone in the Reply to the Reviewers so annoying. It may be irritating to deal with reviewer's comments (believe me, I know!) but it is not wise to let your irritation seep through every line you write!