Frequently Asked Questions

Reviewing for JCR

Decision Categories
    •  Conditional Accept

    •  Revision
    •  Risky Revision
    •  Straight Reject
    •  Desk Reject
    •  "Desk Revise"


Where can I find a particular article? I'm doing a research project.
Articles are available on the Oxford University Press website, where you can build a query using the advanced search function, or browse by year or volume number. You or your university need a subscription to access more than the abstract (or you may pay $13 for a single article). If you have further research questions, contact a reference librarian at your local university.

I need permission to reprint an article or figure. What should I do?
All permissions-related queries are handled by our publisher's Rights & Permissions department.

How do I subscribe to JCR?
are handled by our publisher. A student subscription is just $42 per year, and members of our sponsoring organizations pay a reduced rate of $99 per year ($88 for online-only access). Select the "Member Pay" option if you are a member of an association listed below:
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Why should I subscribe to the journal when I can access individual articles through electronic search services?
Electronic searches tend to be guided by a specific topic and research question and so may narrow researchers’ field of vision. By subscribing to the journal, authors are able to see the concurrent progression of research across areas, a field of vision that may lead to breakthrough, integrative research and that increases understanding of the research conducted by colleagues across subfields.

Reviewing for JCR

Are there guidelines for reviewers?
See our instructions for reviewers.

What do the reviewer numbers mean (1, 2, 3, etc.)?
Reviewers are assigned numbers in the order in which their reviews are submitted. The first reviewer to submit their review of the manuscript is Reviewer 1, the second 2, etc.

How do I become a member of the Editorial Review Board (ERB)?
Membership on the ERB is reviewed annually by the editors. Criteria for selecting ERB members include an individual’s reviewing history (timeliness and quality), scholarly expertise, publications, and citations. ERB members should have had their PhD for a minimum of three years.

How do I become an ad hoc reviewer?
Contact the editorial office to be added to our reviewer database. You will receive an email with your login information. Selecting areas of interest, keywords, methods, etc. in your user profile helps the editorial team match manuscripts with reviewer expertise.

How does the trainee reviewer program work?
See the description of our trainee reviewer program.

Can more than one trainee reviewer on a manuscript?
Yes, each reviewer may suggest a trainee when agreeing to review a manuscript.

What are JCR's policies on research integrity?
See our policies on research integrity, transparency, and ethics developed by the Policy Board and editors

Decision Categories

Conditional Accept

The contribution of the manuscript is largely in place, and only minor, easily accomplished, low-risk changes are required. The editor’s decision letter will use language along the lines of “I am happy to accept the paper subject to some important conditions.”


The contribution of the manuscript has not yet been achieved but the AE and editor can specify the steps needed to achieve the requisite contribution. The editor’s decision letter will use language along the lines of “This is a good paper with the potential to achieve a substantial contribution and I am pleased to invite a revision.”

Risky Revision

The manuscript seems to hold good promise but either a) the steps needed to achieve the contribution carry substantial risk or b) the steps needed to achieve the contribution are unclear (the problems are apparent but the means of solving them are not). Procedurally, risky revision invitations and revision invitations are similar in that the next submission is sent back to the same review team in most cases. The editor’s decision letter will use language along the lines of “This manuscript has potential but the reviewers have identified important shortcomings. I would like to give you a chance to remedy these problems so I invite a risky revision.” Unlike a standard revision invitation, the AE report may not provide crisply specified changes, and this inability to spell out the details is the source of the risk. Alternatively, we know what is needed but the prospects are uncertain, e.g., gathering additional data or remedying what appears to be a logical inconsistency.

Straight Reject

The manuscript was deemed unlikely to make a contribution to JCR. We hope to provide thoughtful comments for authors who have done us the courtesy of sending us their work. The comments may refer to changes the authors could make to move forward with the work, but unless an editor specifically invites a revision, the expectation is that authors will not submit the revised manuscript to JCR.

Desk Reject

The most common reason for a desk rejection is a poor fit with the mission of the journal. JCR is primarily a journal of theoretical advances and empirical support for these advances.

"Desk Revise"

Occasionally an editor desk rejects a manuscript they believe has merit and should be sent for review once a critical element or serious flaw that would lead to a rejection decision is corrected. The editor’s decision letter will explain the reasoning.

See our instructions for reviewers for additional information about these decision categories.

If you have any questions, contact the editorial office.