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HIST 150: Unlearning US History (Fall 2022)

Peer Review?

"Peer review? Isn't that why we have the House of Lords?" - Bruce Lancaster

"So what?" - Reviewer 2, History of Education Quarterly, my first submitted article in 2009.

Peer review grows out of the 18th century Republic of Letters and the Royal Society, in which papers were submitted & reviewed by scholars before presentation and publication.

Now peer review is a process by which academic work is evaluated and improved before publication.

An article or book is submitted for review to an editor, who then sends it to 2 or 3 external reviewers, who in turn provide feedback and comments. They return the piece to the editor with notes, who then sends it back to the author. This process may repeat.  This process improves the quality of a work, but also means publication takes Years after the work is written.


Examples of Peer Reviewed material

NOTE: Book Review articles aren't peer reviewed

Book reviews often show up in the catalog as articles, but they are not peer reviewed articles.

They are very useful for finding and assessing books, but they aren't the same as a scholarly article.