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. Please ensure that you have removed all hidden identifyfing information from your report's wordprocessing file by following the formatting instructions here. 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. We ask that you please:

  1. Report your assessment within 4 weeks of your receipt of 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. Upload your report to our site. In this report, please assess the article's originality, thesis development, argumentation, notes and references, and readability.
  4. Do not feel the need to copy-edit. Your comments on notes and references should indicate their usefulness and scholarship, not their stylistic accuracy. However, if you wish to, you may consult our Style Sheet.
  5. Choose in our system one of the following recommendations: 1) Accept Submission (no revisions required, or minor submissions only as indicated in the reader report); 2) Revisions required (likely acceptance conditional upon significant revisions described in the reader report); 3) Resubmit for review (extensive revisions or entire rethinking of submission required before it can be reassessed); 4) Decline submission (reject without an option to resubmit).
  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.