Paper I am reviewing
I am reviewing a paper from authors
Xs. In their paper, they assume that a function
f was equal to
g. In my opinion (see below paragraph), the particular choice of the function
f can have important impact on the end results. I would note that most people in the field assume that
f is equal to
g (without good justification for this assumption).
Unpublished work from a colleague
A colleague of mine (let's call him
Y) had the idea that depending on the field of application the choice of
f might be important. He worked on it and we recently talked about his first results which suggest that he was right; if
f equals to
h for example, the results of interest might differ. He has not published his work yet.
I would like to suggest to authors
Xs to comment on the potential importance of the
f they chose. However, by doing so I would give author
Xs the credit of being the firsts to recognize the importance of the choice of
f while it is
Y who first came up with this idea. I obviously want to avoid that. If the work of
Y were published, I would just suggest
Xs to cite this work but it is not published.
Should I just remain silent?