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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2009

CAUT Releases Peer Review Q&A Brochure

A free guide to serving on peer review committees is now available to academic staff.

What is Fair? Q&A on Procedures and Standards in Peer Review, developed by CAUT’s Academic freedom & Tenure Committee, addresses the primary aspects of proper peer review, such as integrity of the process, conflict of interest and composition of committees.

According to CAUT president Penni Stewart, the brochure represents an important step in helping to ensure academic decisions about scholarship review, tenure and promotion are fair, sound, equitable, and follow generally accepted guidelines.

“The document deals with these issues generally, and is intended to augment specific advice peer reviewers may receive from their local associations based on the institution’s specific policies and procedures,” Stewart said.

“Peer review affects our careers. We hope this brochure will prove useful to our members.”