The Review Process

Your editor will guide this process and can answer any specific questions that you may have. The following is an overview of the steps that a manuscript must go through before it is ready for publication. Each book project is different, and so the details of the review process vary from book to book.

How does the review process work?

  1. After an editor solicits your manuscript (and perhaps other materials, as necessary) and decides that it is a good fit for our list, the review process begins.
  2. Your manuscript will be sent to two readers for review. This is a single-blind system: the readers will know your identity, but you will not know theirs. The readers will suggest revisions and provide an overall evaluation of the manuscript's readiness for publication.
  3. If they endorse publication, then your editor may decide to move ahead with a contract request. You will be asked to write a response to the reports, outlining your plans for revision and estimating a date of completion. Your editor wil then be able to request a contract. Duke's publishing contracts are final, although publication is generally contingent on the successful completion of the revisions requested by the reviewers.
  4. After you finish the revisions, your editor will likely send your manuscript back to one or two readers for a follow-up review. The amount of review varies from manuscript to manuscript; however, it is not unusual for a manuscript to require two or more rounds of review.
  5. After the readers have signed off on your revisions, we will present your manuscript to our Editorial Advisory Board (composed of Duke faculty members) for final approval.

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