Module 9: Assigning a Reviewer

Objectives
Video
Readings
Activity
Quiz
Discussion

Objectives

In this module, we’ll see how OJS allows the section editor to select appropriate peer reviewers for a submission from the journal’s database and automatically send an email asking them to review the paper.

We’ll assume that our imaginary journal, The African Journal of Scholarly Communication, uses double-blind peer review. In double-blind peer-review, the reviewer’s identity is hidden from the author, and the author’s identity is hidden from the reviewer. So we’ll also note how the section editor takes care to protect the author’s identity when making the manuscript available to the reviewers.

For more background on the pros and cons of the different types of peer review, as well as other editorial concerns related to peer review, you may want to check out the Becoming an Editor course.

Video

Readings

OJS User Guide: Review Summary

Activity

In your test journal, login as the Section Editor and assign the submission to a Reviewer. You may not have a test Reviewer yet, so go ahead and create one (again, you can use a fake email account with mailinator — amy_choi@mailinator.com). If for any reason this doesn’t work as expected, please use the comment box below.

Quiz

Start the quiz!

Discussion

Reviewers play a critical role in the scholarly publishing process. How do you go about recruiting reviewers for your journal? What qualities to do you look for in selecting them? Please let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

3 Comments on "Module 9: Assigning a Reviewer"

  1. Reviewers have to be experts in the topic, normally the Editors have a database with names, emails and contact data from reviewers. Kevin, do you know for a public database with names of reviewers?

    • Unfortunately, there isn’t such a database. Many journals use article databases (such as ERIC for education, Agricola for agriculture), search for relevant articles, and then contact the authors of those relevant articles, inviting them to be reviewers.

  2. Reviewers need to be specialists in the area of study items that are assigned

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