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LINGUIST List 23.1172

Thu Mar 08 2012

How do LINGUIST reviews work?

Editor for this issue: Matthew Lahrman <mattlinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-Mar-2012
From: LINGUIST List <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Would you like to become a reviewer?
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Dear LINGUIST List readers,

Earlier in the week, we told you a bit about reviews. Some have asked us, just how do our reviews work?
So, we thought we'd share with you a bit more about our reviews services and tell you why you should donate
to support the good work we do!
https://linguistlist.org/donation/donate/donate1.cfm

We handle reviews from start to finish, beginning with an "available for review" list (the monthly "AFR"),
listing all the books that have been announced on LINGUIST for the last two months. Then until the 21st
of each month readers can sign up to review books that interest them. Sign-up closes on the 21st, and
before 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 is formatted and edited (some more than others!).
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. And of course all during the month, we
have correspondence with reviewers and publishers to handle. We aspire to make the process as smooth as
possible for everyone involved, especially the reviewers.

At present, we are receiving and posting about 20 reviews per month. In recent months, we have rewritten
and clarified the 'how to become a reviewer' page; updated, expanded and clarified the guidelines for
how to write a review; and have commissioned our first Review Article.

These reviews are yet another free service of LINGUIST List. The four review editors volunteer their time,
but we could not function without the excellent work of our graduate assistant, who processes incoming reviews,
makes sure that publishers send review copies to the right person, handles most correspondence, and does 1,001 other tasks for us.

If you appreciate our work, how about going to
https://linguistlist.org/donation/donate/donate1.cfm and making a donation?

Many thanks,
Veronika Drake, Monica Macaulay, Rajiv Rao, Joe Salmons, Anja Wanner
The Review Editors Team


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