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Peer Review Guidelines


To register as a peer reviewer for Tennessee Librariessee this page

The Purpose

Thank you for serving as a peer reviewer for Tennessee Libraries. Your effort and expertise make it possible to publish high-quality scholarly work.

Peer review for Tennessee Libraries serves two purposes:

  • to ensure that the articles chosen are relevant and interesting to Tennessee Libraries readers
  • to ensure quality research: help hone key points and catch inadvertent errors

On Being Asked to Review

When approached by the editors to review a paper, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have sufficient expertise to review this article?
  • Do I have time to review this article? 
  • Do I have any conflicts of interest?

After you accept a review request, please plan to complete the review within 2 weeks

Conducting the Review

Tennessee Libraries engages in double blind review. Identifying information will be stripped from the manuscript before you receive it, and authors will not know your identity, though your comments may be sent to them. You may choose to use the track changes feature on your word processing program to return to the editor. Make sure you remove your identity in the Word tools area before returning the reviewed manuscript.

Reviewers will be given access to a password-protected review form addressing the following areas:

Relevance: Is the submission appropriate and of interest to the Tennessee Libraries readership?

Value: Does the paper have theoretical or pratical value for readers working in libraries in Tennessee?

Methodology: Is the research methodology sound, appropriate, and ethical?

Conclusions: Submission is well organized and its conclusions well supported. Are appropriate conclusions drawn so as to contribute to the body of knowledge?

Currency: Is the material current and are adequate references provided?


 After the Review

If you deduce the identity of an author, do not contact him or her about your review. The editors of Tennessee Libraries will compile comments and suggestions to return to the authors if revisions are needed. The editors maintain final authority on whether to publish a manuscript. 



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