On peer reviewing: how to nourish an author’s mind and win a JLDHE editor’s heart

  • Eleanor Loughlin Durham University
  • Alicja Syska University of Plymouth
  • Gita Sedghi University of Liverpool
  • Christina Howell-Richardson Birkbeck, University of London

Abstract

Editors and publishers of scholarly journals rarely agree on what makes for a good publication; they do, however, agree on the need for a robust peer review process as a crucial means to judge the merits of potential publications. While fraught with issues and inefficiencies, a critical and supportive peer review is not only what editors rely on when assessing scholarship presented for publication but also what authors hope for in order to improve their work. Understanding how peer review may best serve all parties involved: authors, editors, and reviewers, is thus at the heart of this article. The analysis offered here is based on a session the Journal for Learning Development in Higher Education editors gave at the 2020 LD@3 seminar series, entitled ‘The Art of Reviewing’. It explores the different aspects of the peer review process while formulating recommendations regarding best practices and outlining JLDHE initiatives for supporting reviewers’ vital work.

Author Biographies

Eleanor Loughlin, Durham University

Eleanor Loughlin is an Academic Skills Programme Manager at Durham University and an Editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Alicja Syska, University of Plymouth

Alicja Syska is a Learning Development Advisor at the University of Plymouth, where she also lectures in History. Alicja serves as Co-Lead Editor at the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Gita Sedghi, University of Liverpool

Gita Sedghi is a Senior Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship) at the University of Liverpool. She is a Co-Lead Editor at the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Christina Howell-Richardson, Birkbeck, University of London

Christina Howell-Richardson is an Associate Lecturer in Higher Education at Birkbeck, Univeristy of London, and an Editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Published
2020-12-16
How to Cite
Loughlin, E., Syska, A., Sedghi, G. and Howell-Richardson, C. (2020) “On peer reviewing: how to nourish an author’s mind and win a JLDHE editor’s heart”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, (19). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi19.626.