Readers (usually students) occasionally write to ask if the essays in the Victorian Web have been vetted by referees, as they are on almost all scholarly journals. Since we have a wide variety of different types of material, the answer is somewhat complicated:
- Contributions by authors who are not members of the editorial board receive three or four readings.
- Following the practice of scholarly periodicals, book reviews are vetted only by the webmaster, who is also the editor-in-chief.
- Contributions by the individual editors are generally vetted for acceptance only by the webmaster, though editors other than the author occasionally contribute comments as well. We have two proofreaders for new work.
- Web versions of print articles and books have received multiple readings before their initial publication.
- Contributions by Senior Researchers and Post Doctoral Fellows (Marjorie Bloy, John van Whye, and Tamar S. Wagner) funded by the National University of Singapore, 2001-2002, were vetted by the founding webmaster.
- Articles in the section on Pregnancy and Childbirth in the Age of Victoria have been peer-reviewed under the direction of Professors Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge (University of Victoria). They form the "open access" branch of the Great Expectations Pregnancy Project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
- Contributions by undergraduate and graduate students in Landow's classes at Brown University and the National University of Singapore between 1988 and 2011 were vetted by him. Note that some material created by undergraduates from the late 1980s and '90s remains on the site primarily for its historical importance as examples of pioneering pre-WWW hypertext educational work. [Much of this material is excellent, but a few pieces might not be acceptable for research purposes. Note that academic levels and affiliations are always given, making it easy to distinguish such contributions from those by established scholars.]
Last modified 22 October 2022