Programmatic Perspectives Reviewer Guidelines

Research Article Reviewer Guidelines

Please use the following guidelines when reviewing entries for Programmatic Perspectives. Your additional comments or ideas are welcome. Note that all articles published in Programmatic Perspectives should have a clear connection to the field of technical and scientific communication programs.

Question 1: Does the manuscript ascribe to accepted notions for the genre (research article, commentary, theoretical exploration, program showcase, etc.) it attempts?

Q 1.A: If the manuscript is a research article, does the manuscript provide a clear and systematic research methodology? Further does the research make a clear connection to the field of technical and scientific communication?  Finally, if the research used human research subjects, does the manuscript make note of IRB approval and does the manuscript adhere to ethical guidelines for the use of human subjects? If not, what suggestions can you make to the author(s) to improve the communication of research (methodologies, data, results, discussion, etc.) in the manuscript?

Q1.B: If the manuscript is a commentary or another genre less focused on empirical research, does it provide a sufficient understanding and background of the field, so as to build on readers’ prior knowledge?  Does it provide a central argument or thesis to which readers’ can identify and read with interest?

Q 1.C: If the manuscript is a programmatic showcase, does this manuscript provide a good/effective overview, summary, and explanation of a particular program in the field?  If not, what items need to be added, changed, or omitted to provide an effective explanation of the program being described in the manuscript? Does the manuscript contain any non-essential or extraneous information that is not essential to the discussion of a particular program and that might actually distract readers from the focus of the manuscript?

Question 2: Does the manuscript provide sufficient review of relevant scholarship or theoretical foundation? If not, what suggestions do you have for strengthening literature review?

Question 3: Are there any points you would ask the author to clarify about the research methodology adopted in the manuscript? If so, please provide an explanation of what items you would like expanded and provide suggestions for how/in what way you would like the author to expand or enhance that information in order to provide a more complete description of research methodology.

Question 4: Does the manuscript demonstrate a clear connection to technical and scientific communication programs?  If not, please provide an explanation of how this connection is not clear. What suggestions do you have for making this connection clearer?

Question 5: Do you think this manuscript contains any non-essential or extraneous information that might distract readers from the focus of the manuscript?  If so, what information would you suggest be removed from the manuscript and why?

Question 6:  In your opinion, what are the overall strengths of this manuscript?

Question 7: In your opinion, what are the overall weaknesses of this manuscript?  What suggestions do you have for how the authors might revise the manuscript to address or to correct those weaknesses?

Question 8: Do you have any final comments or suggestions for the author(s)?  (Note: These comments WILL be shared with the author(s) of the manuscript.)

 

Overall Recommendation: Please note your recommendation for publication as

  • Accept,
  • Accept with Revisions (please note recommended revisions in detail),
  • Revise and Resubmit, or
  • Reject.

 

Program Showcase Reviewer Guidelines

Please use the following, general guidelines when reviewing Program Showcase entries for Programmatic Perspectives. Your additional comments or ideas are welcome. Note that two important criteria for Program Showcases in this special issue include (1) application of programmatic research (2) clear focus on one specific program.

Question 1: Does this program showcase address the theme of the special issue, in this case, Programmatic Research: Questions, Approaches, and Applications (listed below)? If not, what items need to be added, changed, or omitted to better address the special issue theme?

Suggested topics include

  • research questions, designs, and methods used to examine programs
  • approaches for programmatic research to guide curriculum development and administrative practice
  • connections between scholarship of teaching and learning and programmatic research
  • theoretical foundations we might use when conducting programmatic research
  • applications of programmatic research to examine hiring, tenure and promotion, and professional development
  • methods for presenting programmatic research to the academic discipline
  • discussions of innovative or updated pedagogical practices related to programmatic research
  • methods for examining program outcomes and course outcomes

 Question 2: Does this manuscript provide a good/effective overview, summary, and explanation of a particular program in the field?  If not, what items need to be added, changed, or omitted to provide an effective explanation of the program being described?

Question 3: Does the manuscript describe how programmatic research informs the specific program at hand? In other words, does the author make clear the connection between programmatic research and the program showcase? Are there any points you would ask the author to expand upon or explain further to make this connection clearer?  If so, please offer an explanation and/or suggestions for consideration.

Question 4: Is there any program-related information, items, or materials you feel are missing or that you think should be added to this manuscript in order to provide a more complete perspective of or presentation of this program?  If so, what materials need to be added and why?  What suggestions do you have for where/at what point in the manuscript those missing items should be included?  What suggestions do you have for how to integrate those missing items into the description of the program as it is currently presented?

Question 5: Do you think this manuscript contains any non-essential or extraneous information that might distract readers from the focus of the manuscript?  If so, what information would you suggest be removed from the manuscript and why?

Question 6:  In your opinion, what are the overall strengths of this manuscript?

Question 7: In your opinion, what are the overall weaknesses of this manuscript?  What suggestions do you have for how the authors might revise the manuscript to address or to correct those weaknesses?

Question 8: Do you have any final comments or suggestions for the author(s)?  (Note: These comments WILL be shared with the author(s) of the manuscript.)

Commentaries Reviewer Guidelines

Please use the following, general guidelines when reviewing Commentary entries for Programmatic Perspectives. Your additional comments or ideas are welcome. Note that two important criteria for commentaries in this special issue include (1) application of programmatic research (2) clear focus on an issue of program administration, development, or curriculum.

Question 1: Does this commentary address the theme of the special issue, in this case, Programmatic Research: Questions, Approaches, and Applications (listed below)? If not, what items need to be added, changed, or omitted to better address the special issue theme?

Suggested topics include

  • research questions, designs, and methods used to examine programs
  • approaches for programmatic research to guide curriculum development and administrative practice
  • connections between scholarship of teaching and learning and programmatic research
  • theoretical foundations we might use when conducting programmatic research
  • applications of programmatic research to examine hiring, tenure and promotion, and professional development
  • methods for presenting programmatic research to the academic discipline
  • discussions of innovative or updated pedagogical practices related to programmatic research
  • methods for examining program outcomes and course outcomes

Question 2: Does this manuscript feature an issue or approach based in a particular program that has broader application to other academic programs in technical and scientific communication? If not, what items need to be added, changed, or omitted to make this issue or approach clearer and more broadly applicable?

Question 3: Does the manuscript describe how programmatic research informs the specific issues or approaches being addressed? In other words, does the author make clear the connection between programmatic research and issue or approach at hand? Are there any points you would ask the author to expand upon or explain further to make this connection clearer?  If so, please offer an explanation and/or suggestions for consideration.

Question 4: Is there any information missing that you think should be added to this manuscript?  If so, what materials need to be added and why?  What suggestions do you have for where/at what point in the manuscript those missing items should be included?  What suggestions do you have for how to integrate those missing items?

Question 5: Do you think this manuscript contains any non-essential or extraneous information that might distract readers from the focus of the manuscript?  If so, what information would you suggest be removed from the manuscript and why?

Question 6:  In your opinion, what are the overall strengths of this manuscript?

Question 7: In your opinion, what are the overall weaknesses of this manuscript?  What suggestions do you have for how the authors might revise the manuscript to address or to correct those weaknesses?

Question 8: Do you have any final comments or suggestions for the author(s)?  (Note: These comments WILL be shared with the author(s) of the manuscript.)