Reviewing the reviewers

Gray, Anthony (2014) Reviewing the reviewers. Alternative Law Journal, 39 (4). pp. 263-267. ISSN 1037-969X

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In this article, the author reflects on his 12 years' experience of the academic refereeing process. In doing so, he aims to provide some encouragement to more junior academics faced with harsh and disheartening reviews, and perhaps to ask some reviewers to consider their approach to the review process. At its best, and done in a constructive manner, the review process can be a valuable learning experience for the author, with the finished product much improved as a result of constructive, informed criticism. However, on occasions reviews are marred by uninformed and/or unfair criticism, sometimes reflecting the reviewer's narrowness, or mode of thinking. Faced with such risks, authors must remain resilient and believe in the value of their contribution.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published Version restricted in accordance with publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2014 07:08
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2015 04:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: review, refereeing, peer review, editors, legal publishing, academic publishing, legal research
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified

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