Referee a Manuscript

  • Why Referee Manuscripts?

    The answer is simple—you always learn something. As a referee, you learn something about writing, pedagogy, and mathematics—every single time.  

    What Are the Benefits of Refereeing Manuscripts?

    • Refereeing manuscripts is a great way to get your feet wet in the writing process and to share your perspective and expertise with prospective authors. 
    • You can be heard and influence the journal. You share your expertise and perspective on what kinds of activities and suggestions are helpful to classroom teachers. 
    • You will develop professionally. As you read potential articles, you are exposed to new ideas and methods of presentation.
    • You will stay current with what students are interested in and how their interests intersect their study of mathematics.
    • You will be contributing and giving back to the mathematics teachers' community.
    • You will become more professionally involved with YOUR membership organization. 

    What Is the Time Commitment for Referees?

    You will be requested to review about two or three manuscripts a year that are closely matched to the areas of interest and expertise on your profile. It takes approximately two hours to read and analyze a manuscript and then to write a well-developed review online. Three weeks are given to complete the review. If you recommend the manuscript be revised, you may be asked to re-review after the revisions are made.  

    What Is the Manuscript Referee Process? 

    • When a manuscript is submitted that matches your areas of interest and expertise, your name—along with other expert's—is flagged. You and two other subject-matter experts will receive an e-mail invitation to referee the submission.
    • If you accept the invitation, you will receive a second e-mail that gives you access to the manuscript, as well as the electronic evaluation form.
    • During the review process, you will recommend to accept, reject, or revise the submission.
    • Manuscripts then move to the appropriate journal's Editorial Panel for a final decision.
    • If the author is asked to revise the manuscript, the Editorial Panel may return the revised copy to you to assess whether the author made the necessary changes. 

    What Is the Anatomy of a Good Manuscript Review?

    Choose a journal document, learn what makes a good review, and see a sample of an actual review.

    Teaching Children Mathematics  
    Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 
    Mathematics Teacher 
    Mathematics Teacher Educator 


    How Do I Sign Up to Referee?

    If you are an NCTM member—or your school has an institutional membership, select the journal(s) you wish to review for from the list below. Select "New Users: Please register here," then following the on-screen prompts. Please note that members can choose to be a referee, a reviewer, or both.

    Teaching Children Mathematics  
    Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School  
    Mathematics Teacher   
    Mathematics Teacher Educator 
    Journal for Research in Mathematics Education 

    If I Am Already a Software, Books and Product Reviewer, How Can I become a Referee for Manuscripts?

    Select the appropriate journal from the list below. Scroll to the bottom of the screen under General Tasks. Click "Modify Profile/Password." About halfway down the profile screen, look for "Willing to Review." Use the Ctrl Key to select Manuscripts. Continue scrolling to the bottom of the screen and click "Modify Profile/Continue."

    Teaching Children Mathematics  
    Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School  
    Mathematics Teacher   

    How Do I Update My Profile with New Contact Information, Interests, and Areas of Expertise?

    Select the appropriate journal from the list below. Scroll to the bottom of the screen under General Tasks. Click "Modify Profile/Password. Make your changes, then scroll to the bottom of the screen and click "Modify Profile/Continue."

    Teaching Children Mathematics  
    Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School  
    Mathematics Teacher 
    Mathematics Teacher Educator 
    Journal for Research in Mathematics Education  

    See a short video presentation on Refereeing for NCTM Journals

    Be a Journal Referee" by Tara Slesar, editor of Mathematics Teacher, provides an overview of the review process and will motivate you to sign up. (12:51)