ERIC Number: EJ1047805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Referees' Comments on Submissions to Peer-Reviewed Journals: When Is a Suggestion Not a Suggestion?
Studies in Higher Education, v40 n1 p106-122 2015
This paper examines the ways in which reviewers ask for changes to be made to submissions to peer-reviewed journal articles. Ninety-five reviewers' reports were examined. Forty-five of the reviewers also completed a questionnaire which asked about their experience in carrying out peer reviews, how they learnt to write reviews and the challenges they faced in reviewing submissions to peer-reviewed journals. The study found that requests for changes were largely made as "directions," "suggestions," "clarification requests" and "recommendations." While a good number of these changes were requested directly, a large number of them were not. For authors who are new to the peer-review process, indirect requests of the kind revealed in the study can be difficult to decode. Very often these indirect requests are directions to make very specific changes to a submission and need, it is argued, to be read as such. The findings are especially relevant to beginning researchers as they provide insights into how they can respond to reviewers' reports and, thereby, increase their chances of publication.
Descriptors: Periodicals, Journal Articles, Peer Evaluation, Editing, Questionnaires, Speech Acts, Experience, Native Speakers, English (Second Language)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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