Current Authors - Review Process

Your acquisitions editor will guide the peer review process for your project and can answer any specific questions that you may have about it. 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 will vary from book to book.

The Review Process: An Overview

The review process occurs after an acquisitions editor solicits your materials and determines that your project has potential to be a good fit with the Duke University Press list. Your editor will then arrange for two readers to evaluate your manuscript or proposal and offer suggestions for revision as needed. Duke University Press uses a single-blind review system, meaning that the readers will know your identity, but we will not disclose their identities to you.

If both of the readers endorse publication, your editor may decide to take the next step of requesting a contract for your project. For this, they will need you to write a response to the readers’ reports outlining your plans for revision and estimating a final word count for your project and a date of completion. Duke University Press publishing contracts are final, though publication is generally contingent on the successful completion of the revisions requested by the reviewers and on approval by our Editorial Advisory Board composed of Duke University faculty members.

After your contract is finalized, you will likely need to spend some time revising your manuscript, after which your editor will typically send it back to one or two readers for a second round of review. Once the readers have signed off on your manuscript, your editor will present your book to the Press's Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) for final approval. The EAB members may also provide feedback that your editor can pass along for you to incorporate into your manuscript. Once your book has been approved by the Board, it has passed the final stage of review required before it can move into production.