Peer Reviewer Guidelines, FAQs, and Application


Call for Peer Reviewers

Applications Must Be Completed In Full By Midnight EST October 2nd, 2016

The RLR is looking to increase the size of our peer review team. The Peer Review Committee and its members read, comment, and recommend revisions on manuscripts provided by the editorial team. Currently more than a dozen PhD, D.Phil., B.Phil., Masters, J.D., rising seniors, and international law students have kindly joined the RLR peer review board in a diversity of disciplines such as philosophy, constitutional law, political science, human rights law, civil rights, international relations, jurisprudence, anthropology, religious studies, gender studies, literature, and sociology. The current team hails from more than six different countries, includes Truman, Schwarzman, and Rhodes Scholars as well as member institutions such as Oxford, Duke, Boston College, Leeds, Exeter, Middlebury, Tsinghua University, Cambridge, and more. We welcome and encourage early scholars in all disciplines. For guidelines, extended details, and instructions see our Peer Reviewer application at

Peer Reviewer FAQs

  • What are my responsibilities as a Peer Reviewer for the RLR?
    • Your primary responsibilities include reading, commenting, and recommending revisions on papers assigned to you. You will ultimately recommend that a paper ought to be rejected or accepted for publication with revisions. 
  • What kind of time commitment would this require? 
    • We ask that each Peer Reviewer commit to one volume of the RLR. This would entail providing paper comments and recommendations for one year. The RLR have two particular guarantees to our PR team: 1) no PR will be asked to review more than 6 papers in a year 2) a PR will only review papers he or she is comfortable with. If you are an expert in the Talmud or Islam & Gender we will not require you to read a paper on the contemporary Establishment Clause jurisprudence. On an individual basis a PR might expect to spend 2-3 hours reading and commenting on a paper. An editor will be assigned to each PR during their review process. 
  • Will I be able to produce any content with the RLR?
    • Yes! For any RLR Editor or Peer Reviewer there will be opportunities to produce academic blog posts, book reviews, and more exclusive content for our staff. 
  • What does it mean to be an "early scholar"?
    • Our Editorial Committee originally preferred the like approach of Justice Stewart:"I know it when I see it." Generally we will accept applications from rising seniors, any current graduate students, law students, and individuals who have graduated within the last two years. If concerned about this requirement email the Editorial Committee.

Application Guidelines

To apply for a Peer Reviewer position please fill out the form below. In particular, the application is looking to gauge your background, research interests, and experience as it might relate to the Peer Review position. For the Background and Research section of the application please detail your expertise, research, and academic interests as they relate to religion & law. We welcome and encourage applications from a broad range of disciplines. For the Academic and Professional Experience section of the application please detail salient publications, conferences, professional experiences, and roles facilitating academic scholarship. If you would like to include any other information or questions the committee might find relevant please do so in the Supplemental section. 

Applications Must Be Completed In Full By Midnight EST October 2nd, 2016

Peer Reviewer Application

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