James Hartley is Research Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Keele, UK. He is widely known for his work on student learning, text design and academic writing.
Refereeing academic articles in the information age
Article first published online: 28 AUG 2011
© 2011 The Author. British Journal of Educational Technology © 2011 BERA
British Journal of Educational Technology
Volume 43, Issue 3, pages 520–528, May 2012
How to Cite
Hartley, J. (2012), Refereeing academic articles in the information age. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43: 520–528. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2011.01211.x
- Issue published online: 18 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 28 AUG 2011
The new technology (such as ScholarOne) used for submitting papers to academic journals (such as this one) increases the possibilities for gathering, analysing and presenting summary data on stages in the refereeing process. Such data can be used to clarify the roles played by editors and publishers as well as referees—roles less widely discussed in the previous literature. I conclude, after a review of related issues, that refereeing should be “open” in this information age—i.e. correspondence between editors, referees and authors should be open and available, and not private. Some of the issues involved in achieving this are outlined and discussed.