Edited by Luke Plonsky
[Not in series 229] 2020
► pp. 114–137
Chapter 9. Reviewing manuscripts for academic journals
Reviewing manuscripts for academic journals not only contributes to the advancement of knowledge and the development of fellow researchers, but also holds numerous advantages for the reviewers themselves. After a brief explanation of what reviewing is and how it works, this chapter describes some of the benefits of reviewing; provides guidance regarding how to write fair, reasonable, meaningful, systematic, specific, improvement-oriented reviews; raises factors to consider in decision-making; offers advice for balancing reviewing against other professional priorities and obligations; and seeks to answer a variety of practical “how-to” and “what-if” questions that might arise in the process. Approached with a constructive and strategic mindset, reviewing offers valuable opportunities for graduate students and new faculty to grow intellectually and professionally, influence and promote progress in the field, enhance their reputations, and establish themselves as engaged members of a research community in ways that will stand them in good stead throughout their careers.