Building a Rubric for Peer Review of Manuscripts in Psychological and Behavioral Science

Haidar Zaza


The purpose of this research is to build a rubric that is used in peer review of research manuscript in educational and psychological sciences. Where this rubric was built according to the Helvoort model for performance tasks, and its validity in construction phase was confirmed by opinions of referee’s, and its reliability was calculated by interrater reliability. The results of the construction stages showed the consensus of studies, methodologies in educational and psychological sciences and review forms used in journals on (6) criteria, namely: Introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions and recommendations, references and documentation, which fall under it (16) subelements. The results of evaluation of rubric by judgments showed the comprehensiveness of its criteria and its relevance to the assessment of manuscript, assisting the reviewers in focusing on research components, shortening review time, and achieving interrater reliability 0.96. It makes the beneficiaries (editor, reviewer, author) trust its effectiveness and use it in review. Although the rubric is based on best practices in reviewing research manuscripts in educational and psychological sciences, it may not be generalizable to other fields. It also provides a general and important vision that should be discussed further in the future. This research was accomplished on a sabbatical leave on the academic year 2018/2019


Peer Review; Refereeing; Research Manuscripts; Rubric; Educational & Psychological Sciences.

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