This crucial book guides academics and researchers through the process of peer reviewing manuscript articles, outlining the methods and proficiencies required to write a high-quality review. Gloria Barczak and Abbie Griffin specifically highlight the importance of becoming a first-rate reviewer to early career scholars.
Beginning with a working definition of a high-quality review, subsequent chapters detail the financial, career and personal benefits of peer reviewing for researchers, outline editors' and authors' expectations of reviewers, and offer a template for reviewing manuscripts effectively. Next, the book explicates sets of questions to consider in reviewing each section of a manuscript and features examples of reviews for actual journal submissions by the authors.
Comprehensive in its approach, this book will be crucial for any early career social scientist hoping to effectively join the peer review process and write high-quality, meaningful reviews, as well as seasoned academics wishing to refine their skills.
'There are few activities as critical to the scientific process as peer reviewing. Yet, to date, there are few activities that receive less formal training or for which clear and concise guidelines are available. This book represents a significant contribution for overcoming these deficits. I highly recommend it for both early-career and senior scholars.'
– Stephen L. Vargo, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, US
'A fresh perspective on academic publishing: Barczak & Griffin provide an insider's view into the review process in the social sciences, helping you not only to get recognition in your academic community by becoming a better reviewer, but also to take these insights to have more success in publishing your own research!'
– Frank Piller, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
'Peer reviewing is an essential mechanism to enhance the quality of scholarly output but for many academics the peer reviewing process and how to engage in it is very opaque, with some fluency gained only over time, after trial and error. The authors of this book do the academic profession a great service by opening up the "black box" of peer reviewing. The authors, drawing on over 30 years of experience in the peer review process, give us concrete guidelines and examples of how to engage in this process in an effective way. The authors, however, go beyond practical advice and provide us with a much-needed broader perspective on the process, explaining, for example, how peer reviewing can be beneficial for one's work and career and what is expected of the reviewer in terms of roles to enact, responsibilities to take on, responses and reactions to give, and respect to show (the so-called 5R's of reviewing). Overall: a book that should be mandatory reading for every scholar operating within the social sciences, particularly those at the start of their academic career!'
– Gerda Gemser, University of Melbourne, Australia
Gloria Barczak, Professor Emeritus, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University and Abbie Griffin, Royal L. Garff Presidential Chair in Marketing, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah, US.