JIOA Seeks New Peer Reviewers

By Shannon Burton
University Ombudsperson, Michigan State University
JIOA Editor

Do you have broad interest in ombuds work?

Do you want to help the profession advance intellectually and pragmatically?

If so, then please consider applying to serve as a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association (JIOA). The Journal of the International Ombudsman Association (JIOA) is a peer-reviewed online journal for scholarly articles and information relevant to the ombuds profession. As members of a relatively new profession, we continually strive to understand, define, and clarify the role and function of the professional organizational ombuds. Serving as a Peer Reviewer for the JIOA is a great way to learn more about academic writing and research and gain new insights into the field as well.

Position Description: 

The journal’s reviewers use their expertise to comment and provide feedback on manuscripts submitted to the JIOA. Reviewers conduct blind reviews and are expected to complete them within eight weeks. As part of the review process, reviewers will recommend the manuscripts are accepted with no revisions, accepted with revisions (minor or major), or rejected.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Communicate in a timely manner with the production manager indicating willingness to review a specified manuscript, within the time specified.
  • Provide specific comments to authors for suggestions, revisions, and other ways to improve the strength of reviewed manuscripts.
  • Contribute to a climate of collaboration by offering meaningful critiques, suggestions, and encouragement to the manuscript author(s) and editor.


  • Opportunity to advance the rigor and value of scholarship surrounding ombuds work.
  • Ability to add to personal and professional development in academic journal publishing.

How to Apply:

To apply, please complete the following Google Form by August 15th, 2020.

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