Please evaluate the enclosed manuscript in the dimensions listed below according to the
1 = extremely weak 2 = poor 3 = good 4 = very good 5 = excellent
____ Displays an understanding of issues in the pertinent literature
____ Interdisciplinary significance for African studies
____ Theoretical significance
____ Clarity and conciseness in the overall argument
____ Quality of the writing
Please check the statement below that most closely approximates your recommendation about
____ 1. The paper is seriously flawed and does not warrant publication in the ASR.
____ 2. The manuscript in its current form does not warrant serious consideration. Advise
the author to revise the manuscript substantially and then resubmit it for another round
of peer reviewing before an editorial decision is made about whether or not to publish
____ 3. This essay is not of sufficient African or interdisciplinary interest to appear in the
ASR. Advise the author to submit it elsewhere.
____ 4. The manuscript needs only modest editing as it’s a sound essay and would represent
a solid contribution. Once the modest changes are made, it probably should be
published in the ASR.
____ 5. This manuscript represents a major contribution to African studies. It is theoretically
and empirically well grounded, and important. Definitely publish it.