Call for Volunteers: Editors, Board Members, & Peer Reviewers

First, thank you for your interest in helping UDP. Our journal cannot succeed without you! We are happy to say that contributing to UDP starts with being a Peer Reviewer. Below explains the role of the Peer Reviewer, after which a description on additional volunteer roles is provided.

Volunteer Peer Review

  • Flexible. If you are not available or disinterested, then you can decline to review a submission at any time
  • Private. Your identity is never exposed to the author(s)
  • Online. No paper trail. Manuscripts and forms are all online through our website
  • Rubric. Items to look for when reading a manuscript are listed on an electronic recommendation form that can be saved

What is a Peer Reviewer?

A Peer Reviewer is someone who reads an article submitted to the journal, provides feedback on its content and gives a recommendation on whether it should be published in its current condition. The Editor uses your input to make a final decision for publication, and then may share your feedback to the author on areas needing changes/improvements. You and the authors identity are kept private. This is called a double blind review process. Without a reviewers feedback, the article cannot be considered for publication. This the vital first step in publishing for our journal.

Who is eligible?

It is not required to have attended the WPC to be a peer reviewer. Background knowledge and experience, as well as quality of the feedback you provide will determine if selected to continue to review.

How to participate as a Peer Reviewer?

Create a user account on our website, opt to be a reviewer within your profile, and list your areas of review interests, experiences, and expertise. You can step down at any time, and decline to review a piece if you're too busy or not.

When do you do a voluntary review?

At the time of need, you will receive an email from UDP inviting you to review a submission. After all identifiers have been removed, the email will include the title, abstract, and desired date for review completion (usually 3 to 4 weeks). All you must do is reply stating whether you are available or interested. If you haven't received an invitation, then don't worry. It simply means we haven't received a submission that falls within your areas of interest or knowledge base.

What happens when you accept an invitation?

If you accept the invitation, access to the submission will be given within your UDP portal. The steps in completing the review will be listed, along with the recommendation form and submission (all identifiers still removed). Upon completing the review, an automatic email notifies the editor it has been received and a confirmation email from the Journal will be sent to you.

Why did we go to length about the Peer Review Process?

Because to move up the volunteer latter one must have served as a UDP peer reviewer for one year.

 

Voluntary Publication Editor and/or Editorial Board Member


Publication Editors

Publication Editors the decision to accept or decline a submission, and provide feedback to our authors using their own expertise and input from the Peer Reviewers. Their primary role is ensuring high quality manuscripts to be published as well as helping authors improve their own work. Publication Editors have monthly conference calls and require high involvement throughout the year. Minimal commitment covers 3 published issues, however your position in this role can be indefinite; the longer the commitment, the stronger you make UDP. It begins after your inauguration at an Annual Editorial Advisory Board meeting held at a given WPC. Your name will be visible to the public on our website, and listed on necessary correspondence.

Editorial Board Members

Editorial Board members meet annually to strategize and set goals for the continuation and improvement of UDP. They are still responsible to conduct peer reviews, but are the face of UDP. They take on the role to publicize and represent the journal amongst their personal and professional commitments. Board members have the strongest role in calling for submissions and distributing UDP marketing material and announcements. Commitment requirements is a 3 year term agreement which begins at your inauguration at the Annual Editorial Board meeting at a given WPC. Invitees can delay participation for one year. Your name and institution will be visible to the public on our website.

Who is eligible?

  • Minimum one year peer review service
  • One prior attendance to a White Privilege Conference
  • By invitation only*

For extensive details on the responsibilities in serving as a Publication Editor or Editorial Board Member contact Journal Manager Sarah Mayer at smayer2@uccs.edu who is more than willing to provide.

*Academic credentials are not a token for invitation. We desire persons of all backgrounds contingent upon performance, professionalism, and involvement with UDP specifically.

Recommendations to Receive a Publication Editor and/or Editorial Board Member Invitation

Primary way to grab the attention of Journal Management and Editors is:

  • Punctuality in responding/completing peer review invitations
  • Quality of your reviews
  • Initiative to collect Submissions
  • Communicate such interest**

**While not necessary, communicate your interest to the Journal Manager Sarah Mayer at smayer2@uccs.edu so we can extend opportunities for you to show your commitment and strengths. If you enroll as a Peer Reviewer with the intent to work towards becoming a Publication Editor or Editorial Board member then emailing our Journal Manager is highly encouraged.

We hope this may answer any questions you may have, but once again contact our manager for any details on responsibilities, commitment requirements, and/or how to register yourself as a peer reviewer.