Become an Associate Editor

Fill out this form to review articles for our Journals

Step-by-Step Guide

If you are interested in becoming an Associate Editor for a Common Ground journal, use this page to fill out your application and find answers to any questions you may have.

Please use the form below to submit your application to become an Associate Editor. If you have any questions, please check the FAQ section below for assistance.

Associate Editor Volunteer Form


Who can volunteer as an Associate Editor?

Articles published in Common Ground Journals are peer reviewed by scholars who are active members of our knowledge communities, and are given the title "Associate Editor". Associate Editors may be past or present conference delegates, fellow submitters to the journals, or scholars who have volunteered to review papers (and have been screened by Common Ground’s editorial team). This engagement with the knowledge community, as well as Common Ground’s synergistic and criterion-based evaluation system, distinguishes the peer review process from journals that have a more top-down approach to refereeing. Associate Editors are assigned to papers based on their academic interests and scholarly expertise. In recognition of the valuable feedback and publication recommendations that they provide, reviewers are acknowledged as Associate Editors in the volume that includes the paper(s) they reviewed.

How much time do I have to review each article?

Associate Editors are given two weeks to complete their referee assignments. If you receive an assignment are unable to complete it in the two-week timeframe, please respond immediately so that our publishing department can reassign the article to another reviewer.

How do I receive my article to review?

If you have been selected as an Associate Editor, then you will receive an email with a link to download your referee assignment. If you are having trouble downloading your assignment, then please contact us. Please note that if it has been over two weeks since you have received your assignment and you are unable to download the article, then you have been removed as a referee from that article.

How do I review and submit my reviewed article?

First, read the paper and complete the referee report form included. If you are giving the paper a relatively high score, detailed comments are not necessary, although authors always appreciate comments and suggestions. If you give the paper a score below 75 percent on any criterion, however, you must explain the rationale for your score. Please note it is our policy not to vet or alter the referees' comments prior to returning the report to the author. Make annotations to the paper if you wish, using some method for clearly differentiating your text from the author's, such as block letters, a different colored text or the Track Changes function in Microsoft Word. If you use Track Changes, we will ensure that your identity is not revealed. Upload the completed report in CGPublisher, including the scoring and other information you have added using the link provided to you in the assignment email.