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Journal of Pesticide Safety Education

Instructions for Reviewers


Review and Evaluation Process

Peer Reviewers

The Journal of Pesticide Safety Education (JPSE) is a peer-reviewed publication that is the official journal of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE). An Editorial Board composed of AAPSE members, with backgrounds in a variety of subject areas and from different parts of the country, serve on the Board. Board members are appointed for three-year terms by the Editor, with the concurrence of the AAPSE Board of Directors. A list of current Editorial Board members can be found on the JPSE World Wide Web Site under the heading "Editorial Board." The JPSE Web Site address is: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JPSE/. Information about AAPSE can be found on the AAPSE Web Site at http://aapse.ext.vt.edu/.

The Review Process

The JPSE operates using a blind review process. That is, all reference to the author(s) is removed before the manuscript is sent out to reviewers.

A set of criteria are used by reviewers to evaluate manuscripts submitted to the JPSE. Reviewers are asked to assign a numerical rating from 1 (weak) to 10 (strong) to each criterion and provide comments on a rating sheet and/or on the manuscript itself. This process is handled through e-mail, unless the reviewer wishes to write on the manuscript and return a hardcopy to the Editor.

Board members serve as reviewers of the manuscripts except where a particular topic may fall outside the expertise of the Editorial Board as a whole. In this case, an appropriate reviewer will be sought to review the manuscript. Feature Article manuscripts are reviewed by three Board members or appropriate reviewers. Ideas at Work and Research in Brief manuscripts are reviewed by two Board members or appropriate reviewers. Tools of the Trade and Commentary manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor.

Reviewers are asked to make a disposition on each manuscript they review, which is submitted to the Editor. They can recommend:

The Editor weighs the reviewers' comments and recommends disposition for each manuscript in making the final publication decision. When authors are asked to revise and resubmit manuscripts, the revision may be sent for another round of reviews by the Editorial Board members or reviewed by the editor. That decision is made at the discretion of the editor.

Criteria for Evaluation

Criteria vary somewhat depending upon the review category (Feature Article, Ideas at Work, etc.). The criteria for each category are listed below.

Feature Article


Content Criteria

Readability Criteria

Ideas at Work


Content Criteria

Readability Criteria (the same as those listed for the feature article criteria)

Research In Brief


Content Criteria

Readability Criteria (the same as those listed for the feature article criteria)

Tools of the Trade


Tools of the Trade articles report on specific techniques, materials, books and technologies that can be useful to pesticide safety educators. They are reviewed by the Editor for appropriateness and relevance to the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, and for readability according to the criteria applied to other articles.

Commentary


Commentary articles state an opinion, offer a challenge, or present a thought-provoking idea on an issue of concern to AAPSE and to pesticide safety education, including a published article in the Journal. They are screened by the Editor for appropriateness and relevance for the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, and for readability according to the criteria applied to other articles.


Important Note:

Presently, these guidelines are based on those used by the Journal of Extension. As this publication moves through its first few years of production, these guidelines are subject to change as necessary to make the new Journal work properly. During this transition period, the editorial process and the format of the Journal will remain flexible. Please be patient as we struggle with this endeavor.

For more information, see Instructions for Authors .

September 1, 1997 - MJW

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