Samples of Decision Letters and Reviewer Reports,
and Author Responses 2003-2013
To provide examples of reviews and of the CER editors’ responses, we selected about one-third of the articles published in recent years, choosing a variety of styles, methods, disciplinary orientations, and geographic areas. We are grateful to the authors we selected for allowing this open access to their files, especially since (without exception) all files contain critical suggestions and request further improvement. The authors’ willingness to participate speaks volumes about their security as scholars. The CER has been publishing less than 15 percent of submissions in recent years, and all the articles represented here have gone through multiple revisions, as part of the review process, before they were developed enough for acceptance.
Further details on the CER’s particular policies and procedures can be found in a February 2009 editorial. We hope that future reviewers and authors will be inspired by the contents of this compendium, which we think shows that the review process is more than an instrument for selection of articles, but is also a vital part of scholarship for its own sake. For samples of letters, reviews, and author responses, click here (2003-2008) and here (2009-2013).