Magazine article Radical Teacher

Radical Teacher's Process for Considering Manuscripts

Magazine article Radical Teacher

Radical Teacher's Process for Considering Manuscripts

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When we get an unsolicited article, unless it is clearly outside our boundaries, the manuscript coordinator sends it to four readers from the editorial group. The coordinator also evaluates the article. So most manuscripts get five readings.

Usually a couple of the readers will be fairly expert in the subject of the article, and the others will be in different areas or from different levels of educational work. The attempt is to critique articles both for sound and current knowledge and for general interest and readability.

When all the readings are in, the coordinator weights the readers' opinions and makes a decision based on them. That decision may be a plain "accept" or "reject." Or it may be one of the three other possibilities. (1) We tell some authors that if they make specific revisions, we will accept the revised article. (2) With others, we encourage revision and give suggestions (often derailed) for making revisions. We indicate that we hope to work with the author toward publication, but cannot guarantee it. …

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