I recently got a rejection from an Elsevier journal. What struck me as odd was that each reviewer comment was three sentences each. To me they look clearly summarized, possibly by the editor. This is also suggested by the wording ("[...] from reviewer (sic!) pointy (sic!) of view [...]"). Colleagues argue that this might just be the way some people review papers.
- Is it common that the editorial office summarizes the reviewer comments?
- Would I have received more complete feedback in case of a conditional acceptance?
- How can it be justified that Elsevier doesn't pass on the feedback to the authors? Personally, I review papers ''for the love of science'', not to support a listed corporation.
Additional information: Three reviews/summaries in total, one of them enthusiastically positive.