Monday, January 12, 2009

Topic: Professional Writing

10-second review: Submitted articles to this journal, Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges, are subjected to “blind review.” What is “blind review” and why is it used?

Title: “The Limits of Blind Review.” J. Sommers, ed. Teaching English in the Two-Year College (December 2008), 121. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Summary/Quote: “…‘blind review’ of a journal means that each manuscript will be sent [to reviewers] without any identifiers so that reviewers do not factor into their decision the identity or even the academic affiliation of the authors. Thus each manuscript stands on its own merits, separated from any influence that knowing the author’s name or affiliation might have on readers.” p. 121.

Summary: The author enjoys sending acceptances to writers whose work will be published, but has a more difficult time writing to those whose manuscripts are rejected—or need revision for possible re-evaluation. As much as possible, the editor says, he asks for revision. RayS.

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