How to become a Reviewer
To become a reviewer, submit a curriculum vitae and a notice of intent to the editor, Dr. Shadow W. J. Armfield.
Good peer reviewer play a crucial part in the advancement of a profession. The essential goal of the blind peer review process is to maximize the quality of published research in a field of scholarly inquiry. A reviewer has obligations to three audiences:
- the editor of the journal
- the author(s) of the paper; and
- scholars and practitioners in the profession.
The editor of the journal relies on reviewers to be thorough, prompt, and fair. The editor expects to be provided with detailed but concise assessment of manuscript quality; a clear recommendation about whether the paper should be rejected, revised, or accepted; and feedback to authors that will be helpful in crafting a revision (or submission to another journal).
The authors rely on reviewers to be constructive, reasoned, explicit, and ethical. A submitted manuscript is confidential: Do not discuss it; do not copy it; do not quote it. Identify both the strengths and the weaknesses of the paper. When serving as a reviewer, be aware of your biases or preferences. Do not be superficial or dismissive. Consider how you can help them to improve their study and write in this spirit of constructive criticism.
Modified January 24, 2008 by Rosemary Papa
Developed October, 2007 by Rosemary Papa and Fred Demobowski