Instructions for Reviewers
Reviewers will be contacted electronically. In our requests to reviewers, we ask for two broad classes of evaluations.
(1) An overall evaluation for the Editor’s eyes only of the manuscript titled:__________________________
REVIEWER’S RESPONSE IS DUE: _______
Please return your review via email attachment, if possible. Word, WordPerfect, or Rich Text are the preferred formats. IN the body of your message, please include responses to the following questions, as well as any comments for the editor only.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate your overall assessment of the manuscript on the following items.
A.) Qualitatively, this manuscript is:
___ 1.) a major contribution to political science
___ 2.) a significant contribution to political science
___ 3.) a modest contribution to political science
___ 4.) a marginal contribution, if any contribution at all.
B.) The manuscript would be of interest to:
___ 1.) virtually all political scientists
___ 2.) virtually all political scientists who study state politics and policy
___ 3.) scholars of state politics in more than one sub-field
___ 4.) only those scholars of state politics in a single narrow sub-field
___ 5.) few, if any, political scientists.
C.) The manuscript should be:
___ 1.) published in its current form, subject to minor editorial changes
___ 2.) published, subject to limited revisions specified in the text of my
___ 3.) revised and resubmitted to SPPQ, based on suggestions specified in the text of my review (Note: Use this category only if your suggestions are specific and you feel the author could reasonably carry them out.)
___ 4.) rejected.
If you feel the manuscript ought to be rejected by SPPQ, what other publication outlets might the author try?
Are there other comments that you wish to share only with the editors?
(2) We also seek comments from the reviewer TO be shared with THE author(s) of the manuscript.