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ERIC Number: EJ948925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Systematising "System": One Reviewer's Analysis of the Review Process
Coniam, David
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v39 n4 p539-553 Dec 2011
This paper describes one reviewer's experience of reviewing for the journal "System" over an eight-year period, 2003-2011. The paper reports on the reviews produced by the single reviewer, which have been compiled into a specific purpose--an "occluded"--corpus (Swales, 1996) of 122 reviews, comprising 93,000 words. The paper first describes the construction of the corpus based around analytic categories for reviews derived from guidelines for reviewers provided by "System's" publishers as well as from analytic categories derived from a grounded theory analysis of the reviewer's own reviews. As a starting point for analysis, the study sets a baseline for reliability through an inter-reviewer correlation by means of comparison with companion reviews made available to the author. The study then explores how far verdicts on manuscripts (MSs) are related to the length of reviews, whether excessively long manuscripts will incur immediate rejection and whether qualitative studies are rejected more often than quantitative ones. The paper closes with comments about future directions regarding substantive analyses of this corpus. (Contains 7 figures and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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