Blind Peer Review Process

The VTUHR uses a blind peer review process in evaluating papers for publication. For each submitted paper, a managing editor will remove all identifying information as to authorship so that the review is “blind”. The paper is then submitted to the undergraduate editorial board who read and evaluate the paper according to a set rubric. A publishable paper will contain a cogent, relative and well stated thesis statement, a well-researched historiography, employ primary and secondary sources, explain the significance of the topic and of course, be well written with few grammar or punctuation errors. The paper should also be footnoted and contain a bibliography in Chicago style.

After the initial reading, the editorial board will vote to accept, reject or ask the author to “revise and resubmit.” Very few papers are accepted outright. Many authors are asked to revise some portion of the paper. This is very typical for a peer review process. The prize at the end of revisions though, is publication! And the graduate managing editors are always available in person or via email to help with revisions.

We hope that this explanation of the process to publication is informative and helpful; however, if you have any more questions pertaining to the blind peer review process please don’t hesitate to email us at