Category: Academic Posts

  • All Journals Can, and Should, Provide Decision Letters and Reviewer Reports to Referees

    All Journals Can, and Should, Provide Decision Letters and Reviewer Reports to Referees

    I won’t knowingly review for a journal that doesn’t, as a matter of policy, share anonymized copies of decision letters and reviewer reports with referees. Once a journal makes a decision and I don’t receive these materials, I usually check to make sure that mistakes weren’t made – that I didn’t accidentally delete the notification […]

  • The Decision Letter, Part II

    The Decision Letter, Part II

    The basic principles that should guide letters and their RFDs hold across every kind of decisions. However, we need to recognize important differences between, say, a rejection and an R&R. In this post, I lay out my thoughts about letters for the types of decisions that we made at ISQ. Not all journals use the […]

  • The Decision Letter, Part I

    The Decision Letter, Part I

    For caveats and background, see my introductory post. Editors write a lot of decision letters. At high-volume journals, editors write so many decision letters that it can become a tedious grind. For authors, though, the information communicated in decision letters matters enormously. It can affect their job prospects, salaries, and chances of advancement. Of course, […]

  • Reflections on Journal Editing: Caveats

    Reflections on Journal Editing: Caveats

    Josh asked me if I would write a series of posts at the Duck of Minerva reflecting on my time editing International Studies Quarterly (ISQ). I agreed. And I’m cross-posting the pieces here. This post is less a reflection that some background and caveats. I figure that by collecting them in a single post, I […]