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Reviewer Instructions

Who Are the STWJ Reviewers

The reviewers for a given article may be any of the following:

  • STWJ staff members
  • Members of the larger STW community with relevant expertise
  • Someone unconnected to the STW community who has relevant expertise

In all cases, reviewers are selected because the editor for the particular piece thinks they have relevant expertise to evaluate the article and / or contribute to making it stronger.

Responsibility of a Reviewer

STWJ reviewers are expected to do two things:

  1. The reviewer should contribute to an online discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the article, including suggestions for improving it where possible. This means, of course, that the reviewer must study the article carefully.
  2. The reviewer is expected to state an opinion about publishing the article: either “yes, publish it” or “no, don’t publish”. Of course, a reviewer might state an interim opinion that a piece is worth publishing if some weaknesses are corrected.

Platform for Discussion of Proposed Articles

Proposed articles for STWJ are entered into Google Docs. Our critique / discussion of the article is conducted largely within Google Docs. Google Docs is pretty simple but is not very intuitive. Instructions for our use of Google Docs are given in  “Google Doc Instructions” on the page Editor Instructions. If you are not a registered Google user, you should become one. It’s free and easy.

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