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Internal vs. external reviewing

Postby stefan » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:19 am


We are getting in our first reviews and I wonder how the correct workflow would be. We have one review by a series co-editor and one review by another researcher. Would the review by the co-editor be an internal review and the other one an external?

Why is this distinction useful?


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Re: Internal vs. external reviewing

Postby asmecher » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:58 am

Hi Stefan,

Yes, that's a good example of internal vs. external review. The distinction is useful because the reviews address different aspects of the submission, as I understand it: the first is more about the suitability of the match between the press and the author, using resources the press has close to hand; the external review is about ensuring the scholarly quality is good using the larger community the press is working within to bring expertise to the subject. The two pools of reviewers are quite different: Internal Reviewers tend to be associated somehow with the press or the institution, and External Reviewers are not, but have knowledge about the subject.

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