AMERASIA JOURNAL Referee Form /UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, CONSIDERATION, AND MOST OF ALL, YOUR EXPERTISE!
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1. Authors familiarity with the extant scholarship on the topic.
a. How well do they contextualize the scholarship?
b. Are there missing or additional works which should be cited?
2. How well does the author lay out their major argument, or premise?
a. Does the author maintain his/her thread of logic throughout the essay?
b. Does the conclusion follow from the argument?
METHODOLOGY OR INTELLECTUAL FRAMEWORK
3. What methodologies does the author utilize to support their argument?
a. Are the methodologies (e.g. historical, social science, cultural studies, literary, legal)
adequate and appropriate for the essay?
b. Improvements or oversights?
PRIMARY OR SECONDARY MATERIALS
4. If this is a work based on original historical, ethnographic, or other materials, are the sources legitimate and appropriate for the argument?
If this is a work of synthesis and interpretation primarily based on secondary materials, how well does the author synthesize her/his materials?
Are the charts, graphs, appendices or supplementary materials useful for the author’s argument and purposes?
5. Is the essay well written and accessible to the non-specialist, educated reader of an academic journal?
Does the style contribute to and reinforce the content, or detract from it (by use of jargon, for instance, or longish sentences heavy with clauses, etc.)
INTELLECTUAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIELD OF ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
6. In your estimate, does the article make a contribution to the field–and how would you summarize
this contribution in two sentences.
7. If the article is written primarily from a disciplinary perspective, e.g. social welfare, law, public policy–how well does the article “read” for an interdisciplinary journal such as Amerasia? Does it therefore require stylistic changes, or more explication for the reader outside a disciplinary field?
Finally do you recommend:
Publication of the essay as is with normal copyediting
Provisional Publication of the essay with revisions (if so, state)
Revise and resubmit