The PERC Proceedings are intended to be inclusive welcoming not just significant or final results, but also preliminary research results and discussions of works-in-progress. A peer reviewer can only evaluate what the authors chose to include in the paper. Thus, each paper should be evaluated on the merit of what is presented versus what should/could have been presented.
Papers submitted to the PERC Proceedings are reviewed based on the following six criteria:
- Interest/Value to the PER Community;
- Content Novelty;
- Strength of Research;
- Organization of Ideas; and
- Grammar and Formatting.
Interest/Value to the PER Community
An important criterion for publication is interest/value to the PER Community. While the PERC Proceedings are meant to be inclusive, welcoming not just significant or final results, but also preliminary research results and discussions of works in progress, well written papers that are not of interest or deemed irrelevant to the PER community are not appropriate for the PERC Proceedings. Papers that you feel the PER community would find thought-provoking or that make a contribution to the existing body of research should receive marks of 3 - 5 in this category.
Obviously, new research should score highly in this category, as should work that is not necessarily entirely novel, but a worthwhile confirmation or extension of previous work.
Strength of Research
Here you should judge the appropriateness of the research methods and how effectively the researchers put those methods into practice. Look for techniques you feel could/should have been used but were not. Not all reviewers come to the review process with the same skill sets but all should have at least some familiarity with the types of research that may be conducted.
Papers that do not contain new research or data, but rather present ideas for the community's consideration can still be judged, but with slightly different considerations. Questions to consider in this situation are:
- Are the ideas consistent with a well-established ideological foundation?
- Are the arguments presented in a logical arrangement?
- Are the paper's premises valid with respect to the paper's domain?
Interpretation of results should be a major part of this section as well as implications of the results.
Organization of Ideas
Sometimes a paper's content is novel and the research is sound, but the presentation is weak. If a paper is weak in the presentation (but can be improved in a minimal re-write), indicate that in this category.
Grammar and Formatting
All authors are expected to follow the PERC Proceedings Style Guide Summary. Rate the papers based on how well the author(s) followed these guidelines, edited their own work, and followed accepted norms for writing a peer reviewed, scientific journal paper. Because of the format change beginning in the Summer 2015, we ask that Reviewers be kind when considering issues of style. Minor issues of formatting should be pointed out, but should not lead to a negative review. Failure to follow the formatting requirements in the initial submission should not cause any manuscript to be rejected. However, papers that are not properly formatted at final submission will be excluded from the Proceedings.