How does the peer review process work?
The peer review process for The Post is a double-blind process, meaning that neither the students who submit their papers, nor the students who read their papers know who each other are. Students submit papers. These papers are received by the Editor-in-Chief and all of the names, possible identifiers, course codes, and so forth are verified to be removed and replaced by a number which corresponds with the paper. Once the paper is verified as anonymous-ized, it is sent out to the members of the editorial panel for a first survey. After the panel has had adequate time to take a look at a submission, a meeting is called and the paper is discussed at length. The paper is not marked, but is nonetheless assessed for its academic merit. Each submission is considered in terms of points of style and reviewers pay close and discipline-specific attention to its support and development of a coherent and original argument.
The panel is sent away with the paper one more time to make sure they did not miss anything before convening a second time to discuss changes. Once all the changes have been discussed, the Editor-in-Chief insures that all the suggestions/edits/changes are collected onto one copy of the submission, that all identifying marks have been removed from the paper again. The Editor-in-Chief then drafts an email explaining and discussing the reasoning behind any changes, including any other constructive criticism that the editorial panel thought was necessary, before sending the paper back to the student who submitted it. Then the paper goes to copy edit.