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TRSE Doctoral Reviewer Mentoring Program

  • 1.  TRSE Doctoral Reviewer Mentoring Program

    Posted 12-17-2018 02:53:00 PM

    Dear Colleagues,

    It was great seeing many of you at CUFA 2018 in Chicago! The reason I am writing is to recruit doctoral students for TRSE's Doctoral Reviewer Mentoring Program.

    For those of you who have not heard of this program, we started it as a way to help doctoral students get accustomed to the process of reviewing scholarly manuscripts through both serving as reviewers for Theory & Research in Social Education and seeing actual reviews and editorial decision letters. The other goal of this program is to help doctoral students see what is required to publish in a top-tier research journal.

    TRSE uses a blind review process in which manuscripts get sent to three external reviewers. When the editor in charge of that manuscript sends their editorial decision letter to the author, the scholars who served as reviewers on that manuscript receive a blinded copy of the editorial decision letter and blinded copies of the other reviewers' comments.

    Based on feedback from doctoral students who have participated over the past couple of years, the reviewer mentorship program provides a valuable (and often eye-opening) "behind-the-scenes" look at the peer review process. Also, the TRSE Editorial Board met in Chicago and discussed possible ways of making this mentoring program more interactive, and we plan to implement some of those ideas in 2019. Therefore, I would like to continue this effort and recruit more doctoral students to take part in the initiative.

    For the doctoral students, here is how this process would work:

    --I would ask you to serve as a "fourth reviewer" for a manuscript. You would evaluate the manuscript just like any other reviewer would in that you would write a constructive review and give a publication recommendation. However, when assessing whether the manuscript would be accepted for publication, I would only consider the three reviews written by the non-doctoral students. In other words, your review would not "count," so there would be no pressure involved. However, your review would be given to the author along with the "real" reviews, so the author could consider your feedback as they see fit.

    --When I send the editorial decision letter to the author, you will receive a blinded copy of the decision letter and copies of the other reviewers' comments and publication recommendations.

    --I will consider you a TRSE reviewer, and you will be included on the list of reviewers that gets published annually in the final issue of each volume. So, you will be able to add "Review for Theory & Research in Social Education" on your CV.

    If you are interested, please email me ( the following information:
    1) Your institution
    2) Your areas of scholarly interest

    PLEASE NOTE: If you signed up to participate in this program at CUFA 2018, you do NOT need to send me an email

    Doc students, I hope you will consider taking part in this opportunity, and faculty, please pass this message along to your students.



    Wayne Journell
    Editor, Theory & Research in Social Education