What’s the difference between internal review and “external” or “peer” review? Is it okay to have several presses review my manuscript simultaneously?
Internal review is casual dating
When I receive a manuscript for internal review, I’m seeing if it is well-written, thoughtful, cohesive. I’m deciding whether I think it has the chops to get good reviews from [...]
I’ve been thinking about gifts lately. (Go figure.)
In particular, I’ve been thinking about why it feels… awkward… sometimes to receive a gift, as an editor, from an author. Or to be more precise, from a would-be author.
In my experience, gift-giving between authors and editors isn’t reaching epidemic proportions. If it happens at all, it tends [...]
To wrap up the conversation, here’s the third thing you should know—or remember—about peer review. (Item 1 is here; Item 2 is here.)
(to confirm Aqua Regia)
From a purely monetary perspective, most referees provide essentially free labor.
Editors have a vested interest in identifying referees who will care about the [...]
To continue the discussion from Thursday, in response to this comment, here is the second of three things you should know—or remember—about peer review, and how it relates to the cost of academic books.
Most reviewers are paid between $100 and $200 to read an average-length manuscript.
The editorial director of a well-known foundation once [...]
As I said, I was rankled by several of the comments in response to Yglesias’ post about The High Price of Scholarship. For example, Aqua Regia noted:
“I’m pretty sure peer-reviewing is a pretty negligible cost of publishing. All the editor has to do is select a few names and send them the submitted paper. Like [...]
I recently received the following question from a reader:
Two different editors asked to see my manuscript in order to decide whether to send it out for review. Needless to say, I was quite pleased. My question is now — how long do I wait before getting antsy and asking for feedback? It’s been almost 2 [...]
You can say no.
Really. It’s okay. In fact, in many cases I’d really appreciate it.
It’s true that at many presses, if you’re a scholar of [insert your field here], you’ll be working with the [insert your field here] editor. So if you head into the grand publishing adventure knowing that Press X is your One and Only, choice doesn’t much come into it; you’ll be working with Press X’s [...]
I promise we’re not done talking about proposals; there are plenty of details to come. But since it is rare that anyone, including your editor, gets to have only one thing going on at a time, we’re going to fast-forward and talk about peer review—that wonderful, awful, essential part of the academic publishing process.
In the [...]