ERIC Number: EJ861812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Why Not License Referees?
Academe, v95 n5 p34-35 Sep-Oct 2009
The referee system in scholarly publishing offers many benefits and also carries with it attendant problems. The problems need to be addressed. Referees are arguably the linchpins of academic scholarship: they do the heavy lifting for editors, they provide editors with vicarious expertise, and they monitor the gateway to publication and thus to tenure and promotion. Their presence in the editorial process is the guarantee to deans and program directors that scholarship is scholarship. However, referees are also the bottleneck of the publication system. Dilatory or slothful referees idly and thoughtlessly put careers on hold. In this article, the author suggests that editors of the journals in every field should get together and establish a training and even a licensing program for referees. He stresses that becoming a licensed referee could count in a professor's annual reviews.
Descriptors: Scholarship, Faculty Publishing, Peer Evaluation, Standard Setting, Policy Formation, Certification, Evaluation Criteria
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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