B – Refereeing academic articles

Hartley J. Refereeing academic articles in the information age. British Journal of Educational Technology 2011;43(3):520-528
(doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2011.01211.x)

The new technology (such as ScholarOne) used for submitting papers to academic journals increases the possibilities for gathering, analysing and presenting summary data on stages in the refereeing process. Such data can be used to clarify the roles played by editors and publishers as well as referees. The author suggests that refereeing should be “open” in this information age – i.e. correspondence between editors, referees and authors should be open and available, and not private. Some of the issues involved in achieving this are outlined and discussed.