Past Tense relies on internal reviewers for our anonymous peer review process. Reviewers evaluate research article submissions with respect to their originality, argumentation, style, and historiographical rigour. Internal reviewers also have the opportunity to evaluate book reviews and critical commentaries. The feedback we receive from internal reviewers is instrumental in determining the acceptance of articles for publication.
Any graduate student in the History Department at the University of Toronto is eligible to participate. The majority of internal reviewer work for the 2021 issue will take place in December and January. Although the commitment varies based on the number of articles received in each field, reviewers can expect to spend approximately 8 hours evaluating submissions.
For additional information about getting involved, please fill out this form or contact the journal editors. Past Tense will also put out a call for copy editors and proofreaders in the spring of 2021.
Please note that the position of internal reviewer is limited to graduate students from the University of Toronto. Graduate students not affiliated with the University of Toronto are eligible to apply for the position of external reviewer.