These resources cover topics such as rater reliability, the journal review process, and tips for reviewing journal articles and books.


Bengtson, V. L., &  MacDermid, S. M.   How to review a journal article: Suggestions for first-time reviewers and reminders for seasoned experts.

Boring, E.G.  (1951). The book review. American Journal of Psychology, 64, 281-283.

Cicchetti, D.V., Conn, H.O., & Eron, L.D. (1991).  The reliability of peer review for manuscript and grant submissions: A cross-disciplinary investigation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 14, 119-135. or

Duck, S. (1993). Guidelines for new reviewers for Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Epstein, S. (1995).  What can be done to improve the journal review process.  American Psychologist, 50, 883-885.

Graf, C., Wager, E., Bowman, A. et al. (2007). Best practice guidelines on publication ethics: A publisher’s perspective. Int J Clin Pract  61(s152), 1–26. See also Blackwell’s Guidelines.

Kasschau, R.A.  (1977).  A review of book reviews:  How to do them well.  Teaching of Psychology, 4, 41-43.

LaRossa, R. (2012). Writing and reviewing manuscripts in the multidimensional world of qualitative research. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 74, 643–659.

Lovejoy, T. I., Revenson, T. A., & France, C. R. (2011). Reviewing manuscripts for peer-review journals: A primer for novice and seasoned reviewers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 1-13.

Metts, S. (1999, Fall). Reviewing manuscripts: Advice to new relationships scholars. ISSPR Bulletin, 16.

Nisbett, R. E. (1978).  A guide for reviewers: Editorial hardball in the '70s. American Psychologist, 33, 519-520.

Perlman, D., & Dean, E.  (1987).  The wisdom of Solomon:  Avoiding bias in the publication review process.  In D.N. Jackson & J.P. Rushton (Ed.), Scientific excellence:  Origins and assessment (pp. 204-221), Beverly Hills, CA:  Sage.

Peters, D.P., & Ceci, S.J.  (1982).  Peer review practices of psychological journals:  The fate of published articles, submitted again.  The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 5, 187-195. or

Shebilske, L. (1997). How to review a journal article.  ISSPR Bulletin, 13(2), 19-20.

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.). (2005). Reviewing scientific works in psychology.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Wellman, H. M., & Cialdini, R. (1980, Fall).  Guidelines for reviewing research in developmental psychology.  Newsletter of the Division of Developmental Psychology, American Psychological Association, 50-64.

Whitehurst, G.J.  (1984).  Interrater agreement for journal manuscript reviews.  American Psychologist, 39, 22-28