How to comment

This page has practical information about how you can join the crowd review conversation. If you have a question we haven’t answered, get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

When will the crowd review take place?
How will I know when the papers are posted for review?
Who can post a review or comment?
Do I need to register in order to post a comment?
What sort of comments are you looking for?
Will comments be moderated?
Will the crowd review comments be archived?
How can I get in touch with the authors / editors directly?

When will the crowd review take place?

Papers will be posted on this site in mid July 2011, and the site will then be open to comments until Thursday, 15th September 2011.

How will I know when the papers are posted for review?

Subscribe to this blog via the button at the bottom of this page and you’ll receive email notifications when we post the papers. Alternatively, you may like to follow postmedieval on Facebook or Twitter, as we’ll be posting all the latest news about the crowd review project over there. We’ll also be posting regular updates on the homepage.

Once the papers have been posted, you’ll be able to access them by clicking on their titles from the menu on the right-hand side of this website.

Who can post a review or comment?

Commenting is open to all.  We welcome reviews and comments from everyone who has something to contribute, from students to tenured professors, and from members of the academy and independent scholars alike.  Authors will also be able to respond to comments on their work and indeed to comment on other papers.

Do I need to register in order to post a comment?

In order to post a comment you will need to log in using a WordPress, Twitter or Facebook account registered under your real name.  You can register in advance for a WordPress account here (you’ll be given the option to register a blog at the same time, but you can skip this step).  Pseudonymous or anonymous comments, including those posted via accounts not registered under a real name, may be rejected. There will be a link at the end of each paper prompting you to log in or register before you comment.

What sort of comments are you looking for?

We hope this site will provoke lively discussion about the papers under review and constructive comments on how papers might be developed and improved. All constructive comment and criticism is welcomed. Beyond that, it’s entirely up to you. You could write a detailed critique of an entire paper, or just comment on one aspect of it. We hope, too, that reviewers will engage with each other’s comments.

Will comments be moderated?

Your first comment will be moderated prior to posting so we can ensure you’re a real person and not a spambot.  After that you will be able to post without prior moderation.  However, all comments will be screened on a regular basis and offensive or inappropriate comments may be removed.

Will the crowd review be archived?

Yes.  The crowd review website will be permanently archived and available linked from the postmedieval website.

How can I get in touch with the authors / editors directly?

If you have a comment about one of the papers we strongly urge you to consider if you can shape it into an appropriate response for the open forum, where the authors will be able to respond publicly.  If you wish to contact the authors, journal / issue editors or publisher directly then you can do so via the contact form.