Referee Guidelines/Review Process

The purpose of refereeing a manuscript is to help editors assess the quality of a manuscript from the perspective of the relevant scholarly community and to provide an author with some helpful feedback in order to further revise their paper for possible publication with the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion. Furthermore, only papers that already meet a certain level of quality will be sent to referees for peer review. When reviewing a paper, referees are asked to keep in mind that your review not only demonstrates your expertise and scholarly rigor in a particular area but also your ability to work with other scholars as part of a cooperative enterprise. 

Once the editor-in-chief has approved a manuscript for peer-review, the rest of the review process for that manuscript will be handled either by the editor-in-chief (as an editor) or one of the JPE's other editors, who will then go on to secure referees to review the manuscript. Furthermore, any article manuscript that has been submitted by any staff member, editorial board member, or editorial advisory board member will undergo the same anonymous peer-review process that any other submitted manuscript would undergo, and a decision regarding that manuscript will be made without the author's input or consideration of the author's association with the JPE. 

The following are the conditions and criteria that we ask all referees to abide by when reviewing a manuscript: 

1) Referees will have two (2) weeks to accept a paper for review.

2) Referees will have seven (7) weeks to complete their review. Please note that this is no indication of the turnaround time for decisions to authors, and we appreciate the author's patience while the JPE editorial team works on providing the author with high-quality reviews and a decision in a timely manner. 

3) A form will be provided, internally, within the JPE's OJS system, which we ask all referees to use.

4) Referees will be asked to attend to the following considerations when writing their review:

  • Is the content of the manuscript consistent with the JPE’s mission?
  • Does the manuscript address an interest, concern, problem, or question in the area of philosophy of emotion?
  • Does the manuscript present an interesting or unique solution, argument, method, or perspective in the area of philosophy of emotion?
  • Do the section headings make sense?
  • Is the content well organized?
  • Is the author’s writing clear, concise, and precise?
  • Is the content of the manuscript rigorous in terms of its scholarship and argumentation?

5) Please also read the Author Guidelines to further assist you with your review.

Once all referee reports have been received by an editor managing a manuscript's review process, that editor will make an initial decision regarding the manuscript's acceptance, in consultation with the other editors, and the author will be notified of the initial decision.

If possible, any requested revisions will be managed by the editor who managed the review process for the original manuscript, and a final decision on a manuscript will be made by the editor-in-chief, in consultation with the all the other editors.