Journal authors belong to a community of professional interest and concern and on this basis are asked to provide critical and constructive feedback on the work of their peers. People who submit a paper to the journal are requested to referee up to three other submitted papers from the current or subsequent volumes of the journal. Once assigned to a paper, referees are requested to complete reports within two weeks.
All editors are accredited as Associate Editors in the volume of the journal to which they contribute.
The refereeing process for the journal can be either 'double blind' (paper submitted by three months before the conference, which means the author/s needs to have a finalised, fully publishable paper well before the conference) or 'one way blind' (paper submitted up to one month after the conference, which gives the author the chance to refine their paper in the light of their presentation). 'Double blind' means that neither the author nor the referee are provided each other's identity. 'One way blind' means that the referee knows the identity of the author, although the referee's identity remains confidential. 'Double blind' refereeing cannot be guaranteed later than three months before the conference because it is easy to locate the title and author in the conference program.
If the outcome of the referee reports is a recommendation that the paper should not be published, we provide the opportunity for rewrite and resubmission to different referees.
Papers will be assessed by referees against ten criteria — or fewer if some criteria do not
apply to a particular kind of paper.
A sample copy of the referee form can be downloaded here. (270k)
Papers may have a focus on practice, research or theory, and will be assessed against the kind of focus they have.
Referees are requested to observe the following guidelines:
As part of the process of publishing the International Journal of the Book all submissions are sent for peer refereeing, prior to publication. Assessment, comments and guidance by the referees are an essential part of the publication process and invaluable to the authors of the submitted papers.
In recognition of the important role of referees, the international advisory board acknowledges all referees who have refereed papers as an 'Associate Editor' in the volume of the journal they have contributed to.
If you would like to referee papers submitted to the International Journal of the Book, please email email@example.com, with your professional details, areas of expertise and contact details. If we feel you are qualified and we require refereeing for papers within your expertise, we will contact you.