At long last, I have completed a draft of "Guidelines on How to Referee." The guidelines offer practical advice on how to referee for academic journals and publishers. It is written in the same vein as my earlier "Publishing Advice for Graduate Students" that I know many have found useful. While there was little available on publishing advice when I wrote the earlier piece, there seems even less advice available on how to act as a referee. I hope this new set of guidelines fills a real gap and proves popular.
The abstract is:
"This essay offers clear practical advice on how to act as a referee when asked to review an article for an academic journal. The advice is also relevant for reviewing manuscript proposals for academic publishers. My advice is based on my experiences in editing an academic journal, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, and four book series. I will draw on these experiences throughout as illustrations. The structure of the advice is as follows. First, I will begin by saying a few words about the academic publishing industry. Secondly, I will discuss whether one should accept or decline an invitation to review. Thirdly, I will examine the question of what appropriate standard should be applied when reviewing submissions. Finally, I conclude with advice on how to draft a report before submitting it to an editor.
The essay is designed in much the same spirit as my earlier “Publishing Advice for Graduate Students” and my hope is that this new essay on refereeing advice will be found every bit as useful by colleagues and students."
The paper is available for free downloading here.
Comments and suggestions are most welcome! Please do share the link with others who may be interested in this topic.
UPDATE: My thanks to Larry Solum and his Legal Theory Blog for posting a link to this paper here!