A journal relies on its referees. Ideally, referees should accept as many review requests as possible and return their reviews in a timely manner. Ideally, they should also be perspicacious, incisive, and fair, remarking equally on the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript. As many editors have commented, the ideal reviewer reviews as he or she would like himself or herself to be reviewed. As a token of our appreciation for reviewers who have fulfilled these demanding criteria, the editors of Geology have nominated the following as “exceptional reviewers.”

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