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Guidelines for Reviewers of Manuscripts

These guidelines are given to reviewers asked to evaluate manuscripts for the Publications Program of the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies. They are posted here mainly for the reference of reviewers, but authors likely will be interested in them, too, as they show what things are important to us in evaluating manuscripts.

Please give us your candid assessment of each of the areas outlined below. When making specific reference to a portion of the text we would appreciate it if you would refer to the precise page number(s). Please keep the manuscript itself clean and free of any comments. In general:

  • What is your overall assessment of the project?
  • Is the general approach and orientation of the work conceptually sound?
  • Is the manuscript logically organized?
  • Should any topics be added, lengthened, deleted, or shortened to make the work more readable, coherent, or complete?
  • Please comment on the author's writing style. Is it clear and interesting? 
  • Scholarship: Is the author's thesis (theses) convincing and supportable given the evidence which is presented?
  • Are there any interpretations which are nonstandard or unusual?
  • Is the manuscript's content factually accurate?
  • Are materials correctly referenced and are the most recent and relevant sources cited?
  • In your opinion does this work make a substantive contribution to regional studies by promoting knowledge and a cultural consciousness among the general population and academic community?
  • Marketability: Do you believe that the manuscript is of potential interest to readers in this region?
  • To what segments of the public do you believe that it might have particular appeal?
  • Is there potential for use of this manuscript in the classroom, and if so, what courses and at what level?
  • Does the work fill a need in its field?
  • Are there any other publications of this type with which this text might compete?
  • How does the present work compare?
  • Conclusion: Do you have any other comments or areas of concern? 

Reviewers, please send your evaluations to the Senior Editor: 

Dr. Ross Collins
Department of Communication
North Dakota State University
Dept. 2310
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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Last Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 2:40:43 PM