Manuscript Evaluation Guidelines for CSR Referees

Guidelines for CSR Referees

On behalf of CSR, I thank you for willingness to serve as a referee. Your efforts offer our contributors invaluable critical feedback. The questions and guidelines below are intended to help you focus your evaluations and to ensure that each manuscript is measured against a set of common criteria.

1. Does the manuscript fall under the general areas of interest to CSR readers? CSR has as its primary objective the integration of Christian faith and learning within and among the disciplines. As a secondary objective, the journal seeks to provide a forum for the discussion of the theoretical issues of Christian higher education.

2. Will readers be stimulated and nurtured by reading the manuscript? Does the manuscript reflect a lively atmosphere of intellectual inquiry and scholarly communication? At the end of reading the manuscript will readers simply say “So what?” or will they be challenged toward new modes of thought or to re-evaluate commonly held perspectives?

3. Is the manuscript well written? Does it have a clear thesis? Is it well-supported? Do the arguments flow logically? If it does not follow a conventional argumentative structure, does the manuscript nevertheless proceed persuasively toward a clear conclusion?

4. Is there evidence of significant engagement with other scholarship? That is, does the manuscript show the author is aware of the relevant scholarship in the subject area and is such scholarship properly acknowledged?

5. Provide a 250-750 word (more is certainly encouraged) evaluation, preferably in both an electronic and hard copy. Be as candid as you can be, keeping in mind that often authors will consider revising their manuscripts for CSR based on your critique.

6. End your evaluation by making one of the following recommendations: Reject, manuscript inappropriate for CSR; Reject, invite resubmission after revision; Accept, contingent upon required revision; Accept, as is.

7. Please send your evaluation back to the associate editor who has contacted you within four weeks of receiving the manuscript. As a rule of thumb, consider how anxious you are to hear from editors when you submit a manuscript to another professional journal.

Again, thank you for your expertise, time, and professional service.

Don W. King, Editor