Guidelines: Peer Reviewers

Submissions to Early Theatre are assessed anonymously by at least two readers, using blind peer-review. The name of the author will be absent from the manuscript; reader reports will also be anonymous. A copy of your report, edited if required, will be sent to the author unless you indicate otherwise.

Key Points for Preparing Your Review Report:

You should note the following key points when preparing your peer review report for Early Theatre:

  1. Please submit your assessment within 4 weeks of having received the article. It is the policy of Early Theatre to report expeditiously to authors on their submissions. Reporting within 4 weeks of your receipt of the article will help us to maintain our timetable.
  2. Use your own judgment about the appropriate length of your appraisal. Typically, manuscript assessments for Early Theatre are about 300-500 words long.
  3. In your report, please assess the article's originality, thesis development, argumentation, notes and references, and readability. Do not feel the need to copy-edit. Your comments on notes and references should indicate their usefulness and scholarship, not their stylistic accuracy.
  4. We suggest that you type up your report in a wordprocessing file, save to your computer, and then copy and paste your comments into our website's online review form. (The first window will be for comments to the editors and the author; the second window will be for comments addressed only to the editors.)
  5. Register your recommendation using the dropdown menu. Your choices will be: (1) Accept Submission: no revisions, or minor submissions only as indicated in the reader report, are required; (2) Revisions Required: the submission requires revisions that can likely be reviewed and accepted by the editor, without needing to be vetted through another round of peer review; (3) Resubmit for Review: the submission shows promise but requires extensive revisions or significant rethinking before it can be reassessed through another round of peer review; (4) Resubmit Elsewhere: the submission doesn’t seem like a good fit for the focus and scope of this journal; (5) Decline Submission: the submission has too many significant weaknesses and should be rejected without an option to resubmit; (6) See Comments: if none of the above recommendations make sense, you can leave a comment for the editor detailing your concerns.
  6. Destroy your copy of the manuscript after you review it or, if you have annotated it for the author’s benefit, please return it to us and we will forward it to the author. This manuscript is a privileged document and should be treated as such.