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Peer Review Blues

Post 1


Greetings and Salutations Loonytunes:

I too have submitted two scintillating, informative, and positively thrilling articles to Peer Review, had some positive feedback, and then...poof!...nothing. I understand that it can take weeks to hear back from any of the Grand Poobahs of the process, but what does it take for a girl to get recommended around here?

Thanks for letting me blow off a little steam. smiley - winkeye


Peer Review Blues

Post 2

Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here

FG, how lovely to hear from you.

Under the old "queue scheme" everything submitted was looked at by a sub editor and actioned (yes - no) within about 14 weeks. It was this "fast" because an enormous amount of stuff submitted was absolute rubbish and easily rejected..

Under the new "Peer Review scheme" there is no guarantee your article will be "processed" further. It has to catch the eye of an h2g2 Scout who will then recommend to the "Powers At The Towers" that the article is "worthy". If the PATT agree with the Scout's recommendation the yarn is then sent to a sub editor. The sub checks facts, grammar, spelling and coding and then sends it back to h2g2 who check the sub's work. Eventually the article stars on the front page of h2g2.

Ideally this will mean articles are processed speedily - the subs will only be working on good material. Alas, in my opinion, some of the Scouts would not recognise a good yarn if it jumped up and bit them on the bottom.

Thankfully, it is not all doom and gloom. Now that the old queue has almost disappeared the Peer review scheme should speed up. Shortly the Scouts will be recommending more than the current four yarns per day.

Hope that helps.

Loony (Scout and Sub Editor) OK, and big noter smiley - bigeyes

Peer Review Blues

Post 3


So, hypothetically, if an article does not catch the eye of a wandering Scout, should one just directly submit it to the editors?
Is that even possible? I'm afraid I've already irrevocably pissed off one Scout and am having a romantic entanglement with another--if that goes sour, then the score will be me: 0 Scouts: 2. And all this having only been on h2g2 for one month...

I've really have some bad mojo at work here. smiley - winkeye

Peer Review Blues

Post 4

Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here

Bad news. Only Scouts can recommend to the paid editors at h2g2 (who make the final decision) that an article be accepted.

Good news. New Scouts are constantly being recruited. (See the Scouts home page).

Disapointing news. A Scout can not recommend their own stuff.

Brighter news. I winge and whine to the paid staff about the hopelessness of the Peer Review schemme and positively expect to be listened to any time between now and the day I die.

Peer Review Blues

Post 5


Oh %^&*$#@ *#[email protected]! (Substitute any favorite scatalogical expletive of your own.)

I'll have to investigate the Scout home page. It's only fair that I can't recommend my own, but I would enjoy playing the Good Fairy and helping those neglected researchers with outstanding writing skills and interesting entries get into the Guide.

But I'm afraid I would have to get in the Edited Guide myself. Which I can't do until one of the &^%@*$# blind Scouts pays attention to me! smiley - winkeye

(The above smile had to be added so you wouldn't think I'm a complete crank.) Here's hoping you don't die anytime soon! smiley - winkeye

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