Double-Blind Peer Review
Have you ever wondered about the vetting process for scholarly publication? Most respected academic journals and university presses subject manuscripts to a rigorous process of double-blind peer review. This process involves sending the anonymous manuscript to two experts in the field, who read and evaluate the work without knowing who produced it. The reviewers typically recommend one of three options:
- accept and publish
- revise and resubmit
The editors share these anonymous reader’s reports wit the manuscript author(s). All of this work takes place anonymously behind the scenes, and it is a slow, arduous process.
Our site will undergo a double blind peer review process via ModNets, an organization that provides a vetting community for digital modernist scholarship.
An Experiment in Public Peer Review
Even as we undergo a traditional process of double-blind peer review, we are simultaneously conducting an experiment in a public peer review. We hope this approach will make peer review more open, collaborative, efficient, and even enjoyable. We’re using Hypothes.is—a free, web-annotating tool—to enable users to comment on our site.1
The Hypothesis sidebar should appear on the top right of every page on our site:
Open the Hypothesis sidebar by clicking on the top arrow <. At the top of the sidebar, you may select either Advisory Board PR or Open Forum.
Advisory Board PR
The Advisory Group PR is a group of ten experts in the fields of Mina Loy studies, modernist/avant-garde studies, and digital studies. These experts will be reviewing the site in the spring of 2019. We have created the Advisory Board PR group in recognition of the need for expert peer review to verify the authority, accuracy, and value of our scholarly work.
To read expert commentary, select the Advisory Board PR Group at the top of the Hypothes.is sidebar. Their annotations will appear as page notes or highlighted text throughout the site.
We have created the Open Forum in recognition that public users also have expertise, insight, and meaningful feedback to share. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
To participate in the Open Forum, you will need to create a free Hypothesis account, which you can do by choosing “Log in” and navigating to “Don’t have a Hypothesis account? Sign up.” Or you can create an account on the Hypothes.is website. Once you’ve created and verified your account, login and select the Open Forum group at the top of the Hypothesis sidebar.
Annotations and Page Notes
To annotate a specific portion of the text, highlight a selection of text on the page and click the “Annotate” button that pops up:
To comment on a page as a whole, click on the Page Note button on the annotation sidebar:
Whether you’re creating an annotation or a page note, don’t forget to click the “Post to Public Forum” button before moving on!
Notes about annotations and page notes
- Once you have created your annotation, you can edit it by clicking on the pencil icon.
- To delete your annotation, you can click on the trash can icon.
- If you’d like to respond directly to your annotation or someone else’s, click on the reply arrow.
- To report inappropriate content or abuse to the group moderator (Suzanne Churchill), click the flag icon.
- Adding links, images, and videos to your annotations
- For help with using Hypothesis, fill out this contact form or email email@example.com
- For information about the accessibility of this tool, please consult Accessibility at Hypothesis.