Become a Reviewer

Fill out this form to review articles for our Journals.

Step-by-Step Guide

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer peer reviewer for Common Ground's journal submissions and/or book imprints, please use the Reviewer Volunteer Form to apply.

Please use the link below to submit your application to become a Reviewer. If you have any questions, please check the FAQ section for assistance.

Reviewer Volunteer Form


Who can volunteer as a reviewer?

Articles published in Common Ground Journals are peer reviewed by scholars who are active members of our research networks. Reviewers may be past or present conference delegates, fellow submitters to the journals, or scholars who have volunteered to review articles (and have been screened by Common Ground’s editorial team). This engagement with the research network, 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. Reviewers are assigned to articles based on their academic interests and scholarly expertise. After a peer review report has been verified, reviewers can request a certificate of service by contacting or by replying to the Referee Report Verified email message.

How much time do I have to review each article?

Reviewers are given two weeks to complete their referee assignments. If you receive an assignment are unable to complete it in the two-week time frame, 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 a reviewer, 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 may have been removed as a referee from that article.

How do I review and submit my reviewed article?

First, read the article and complete the referee report form included. Make annotations to the article using a method that clearly differentiates your text from the author’s, such as block letters, different colored text, or the “Track Changes” function in Microsoft Word. This is a two-way anonymous review. If your name appears as the commenter, we will delete your identifying information. Upload the completed report to CGPublisher using the same link from which you downloaded the original report. When uploading the completed report, please include the total score and recommend a publication decision.

What if the article I'm reviewing seems well researched and meets the evaluation criteria, but it has significant trouble with the English Language?

Our publishing model is intended to ensure that authors speaking English as a second language are given the equal opportunity to receive feedback from a peer-review process to critique and improve the conceptual material of their articles. If you are reviewing a submission that you believe is not written by a native English speaker, please be mindful of this ideal; evaluate the text for its conceptual material and select “Professional Editing Required” to indicate the article needs assistance with certain rules or nuances of the English language.