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"Peer Review" ... The Next Iteration

Another area of concern to the editorial board, along with what actually constitutes native hypertext is the question of peer review. One purpose of Kairos  is to provide an online journal which takes full advantage of Internet forms for scholarly participation while at the same time providing for contributors the rigorous type of peer review that promotion, tenure and hiring committees demand. To be blunt, we want to be taken seriously as a site for quality scholarship, and believe peer review essential to attaining that goal.

Peer review is honorable and necessary. It gives authors a glimpse of their audience--colleagues in their field who can help them massage a contribution into better shape. We know that peer review can be abused; the "blind read" can turn colleagues into pit bulls who do no more than tear and gnash a piece to bits. It's an odd habit. When we teach peer review, we make sure to steer students from savage to constructive criticism. But too many blind reviewers neglect to practice what they teach. So it goes.

But so it doesn't have to go. Kairos  seeks to maintain the best in peer review--colleagiality, respect, encouragement, sound advice, and honesty--while at the same time avoiding the imperious dismissal and disdainful rejection harried readers can fall habit to. Kairos , in addition to constructive peer reviews, alters the peer review process for different types of submissions. There are four main categories of content in Kairos: Coverwebs; Features; Reviews; and Reports and Correspondence.

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