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Subject: The Reviews Team Gives you their Insight
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Dear Linguist List readers,
Greetings from the Review Editors Team! There are four of us (four editors
and one editorial assistant) here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
We would like to share some information about one of the many parts of LINGUIST
List. Our goal is to be the first source for high-quality reviews of newly
published linguistics books. We also see the work we do as editors as a service
to the field of linguistics, which is why we encourage young scholars and
advanced graduate students to write reviews. We then try to give extensive
feedback to those reviewers with less experience. With so many books being
published in so many areas of linguistics, the Reviews part of LINGUIST is
relevant to all linguists worldwide. We handle the book review process from
start to finish. First, we post an "available for review" list (the monthly
"AFR"), which lists all of the books that have been announced on LINGUIST for
the last two months. Then up until the 21st of each month readers can sign
up to review books that interest them. Sign-up closes on the 21st, and between
the 21st and the end of the month, we match books with reviewers. For successful
matches, it is really important that we have updated reviewer profiles on file.
Once that's been done, and the reviewers have been notified and have had a
chance to update their addresses with us, we contact the publishers to have
them send the books to the reviewers. Reviews come in all month, and each
one has to be formatted and edited. The last piece of the puzzle is posting
the edited review, at which point an automated message is sent to the reviewer
and the publisher to let them know it's been posted. During this process, we
are in constant correspondence with our reviewers and publishers. We aspire to
make the process as smooth as possible for everyone involved, especially the
Since we took over in November 2009, we:
-have posted over 220 reviews" are in the process of editing and revising about
- have rewritten and clarified the 'how to become a reviewer' page
- have updated and clarified the guidelines for how to write a review
These reviews are yet another free service of the wonderful LINGUIST List.
If you appreciate them, how about going to
and making a donation?
The Review Editors Team
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