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The Elephant has assembled a #PeerReviewSyllabus in conjunction with Peer Review Week. The theme for the 2021 Peer Review Week is “Identity in Peer Review.” You can follow or join the conversations online with the hashtags #PeerReviewWeek21 and #IdentityInPeerReview, or our own #FeedingtheElephant hashtag. The sources below focus on peer review in the humanities.


Peer Review Week

Peer Review Week Website

Peer Review Week YouTube Channel



12 Women Scholars, “A Disturbing Pattern,” Inside Higher Ed, August 27, 2021

“Ask The Chefs: How Does Identity Influence Peer Review?,” The Scholarly Kitchen, September 16, 2021

Jack Grove, “Gender, Institutions and Bias,” Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2021

Markus Helmer et al., “Gender Bias in Scholarly Peer Review,” eLife, March 21, 2017 

Alice Meadows, “Eight Ways to Tackle Diversity and Inclusion in Peer Review,” The Scholarly Kitchen, September 13, 2018


General Resources

Best Practices for Peer Review: AUPresses Handbook for Monograph Publishing, Association of University Presses

“Community Peer Review,” Civil Laboratory for Environmental Action Research

“Higher Education & Student Affairs: Peer-Reviewed Journals,” LibGuides, Bowling Green State University Libraries


Peer Review

Association of University Presses, “Peer Review: Why it Matters and What Lies Ahead,” [conference panel recording via YouTube], October 7, 2016

Cheryl Ball, “Designing peer review for digital media instruction,” Writing on the Range conference, University of Denver, CO, April 29, 2016

Christine L. Borgman, “The Continuity of Scholarly Communication,” in Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007)

Gregory M. Britton, “Thinking Like and Editor: The How and Why of Scholarly Publishing,” see Getting Expert Advice section, in What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing, edited by Peter Ginna (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Emily Ford, “Defining and Characterizing Open Peer Review: A Review of the Literature,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 44, no. 4 (2013): 311-326

William Germano, “Surviving the Review Process,” in Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books, third edition (University of Chicago Press, 2008)

Pat Thompson and Barbara Kamler, Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals: Strategies for Getting Published (Routledge, 2013)


For Peer Reviewers

Michael Chibnik et al., “Journal Peer Review: Tips for Being an Effective Reviewer,” Feeding the Elephant, September 16, 2020

Yelena Kalinsky (Host), “Advice for First-Time Peer Reviewers,” Feeding the Elephant [audio podcast episode], September 25, 2020 

Jasmine Wallace, “Revisiting: How to Be a Good Peer Reviewer,” Scholarly Kitchen, July 6, 2021


Debates in Peer Review

Paul Basken, “Peer Review in Flux: The Internet Era Has Changed the Landscape,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2018

Mike Duncan, “The 3 Types of Peer Reviewers,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 19, 2018

Dawn Durante, “The Economics of Trust in Peer Review,” Scholarly Kitchen, September 23, 2020

Alice Meadows and Karin Wulf, “Peer Review in a World of ‘Alternative Facts,’” Scholarly Kitchen, September 11, 2017

Carolyn Trietsch, “A Beginner’s Guide to the Peer Review System,” Inside Higher Ed, January 16, 2019

Ken Wissoker, “Editorial Director Ken Wissoker on Why He Loves Peer Review,” Duke University Press Blog, September 14, 2017

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