ERIC Number: ED365994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
Refereeing and Ethics: What Makes Refereeing Fair?
Bloom, Lynn Z.
The main task of reviewers for scholarly periodicals is to provide a fair reading of a paper, and thereby to help determine its suitability for publication. The reviewer's job is to evaluate the article according to the journal's criteria, most of which are publicly stated. Implicit criteria also exist which stretch, expand, or otherwise change shape to accommodate those highly unconventional, innovative pieces that break the rules. The reviewer has an obligation to serve diverse constituencies impartially: society at large, the profession, the journal, the author of the articles in question, and the referee's personal standards. The reviewers' Hippocratic Oath might read, "I will use my review to help the manuscript according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrongdoing. Above all, my aim is to help, or at least to do no harm." (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Professional Concerns; Referees
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993).