Academic journal article Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Have I Got a Job for You

Academic journal article Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Have I Got a Job for You

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Have I got a job for you. It demands high expertise in your field, openness to new ideas, discernment, time, and skilled communication. There is no pay and I will be the only person other than you who will know that you have done it. Ready to sign up?

The above is a partial description of doing blind peer review. The journal and its readers depend on it. It is a crucial task, but when I ask people to do anonymous peer review, I sometimes feel as if I am distantly echoing Churchill's call to the British people that "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat." And yet, scholars rise to the occasion. Each colleague that I ask so to serve almost always says yes, and does it with insight and alacrity.

They know that I send out for peer review, essays that have genuine potential. They are going to see something, maybe in raw form, that will probably be fresh and interesting. …

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