Advice for First-Time Peer Reviewers


As we wrap-up Peer Review Week 2020, we wanted to share some practical advice with early career scholars being asked to review for the first time. I spoke with three scholars, including a journal editor, about how to approach this potentially daunting task—and why it's important to do so.

Feeding the Elephant Podcast | Episode 1 - Advice for First-Time Peer Reviewers

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Feeding the Elephant Podcast
Produced by Yelena Kalinsky
Music by Kakia Gkoudina

Episode 1 features
Robert Cassanello, Associate Professor of History, University of Central Florida
Saul Noam Zarritt, Associate Professor of Yiddish Literature, Harvard University
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University

Working with Your Editor: Ten FAQS about Book Peer Review

A post from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications.


As Peer Review Week approaches, I wanted to share answers to some of the questions I get asked most often. The theme of #PeerReviewWk20 is trust. I hope these answers contribute to trust in peer review by fostering candid conversations about publishing in general and helping to demystify the peer review process specifically.

Re: [1:3] The Impact of COVID-19 on Scholarly Communications

Larry Schwartz wrote:

Now I'd like to see responses from librarians and faculty from schools where the majority of students study: community colleges and regional, public, 4-year institutions ... What say they about scholarly communication, as the faculty there struggle to hold on to jobs?

Re: [1:3] The Impact of COVID-19 on Scholarly Communications

OK. The librarian response came from a Really Big University. Now I'd like to see responses from librarians and faculty from schools where the majority of students study: community colleges and regional, public, 4-year institutions (NCAA D2 or D3 schools, for those who think mainly in terms of college sports) -- where the relationships with state legislatures are often adversarial and where the curriculum is under threat from administrators in thrall to neo-liberalism and who whole-heartedly embrace the gospel of austerity.

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