Instructions for Reviewers




To serve as a reviewer, you need to Register on the Reflections home page ( and follow the email instructions to activate your account.

After registering, login and hover over your username in the top, right corner of the home page, “View Profile,” and complete the details requested in the various tabs. Most importantly, click “Reader” in the “Roles” tab. Once you have completed your profile, email the Editorial Leadership Team at and let us know you would like to serve as a reviewer. The rest of the process, including a brief survey, will be managed via email.  


Before accessing the review form, please read the following:

  1. In completing the review form, do not press "Go Back" or that material will be lost from the form. 
  2. Since you will be asked to write detailed comments about the submission, you may want to compose those comments in a Word document and cut and paste them into the comment section of the form.
  3. If you have made marginal comments on the submission that you would like to attach ("Upload File" in "Reviewer Files" section of review form) you may do so, but please be sure to remove all metadata (Inspect Document, Remove Document Properties). 
  4. If you are having any technical difficulties, email and you will receive prompt assistance, or from the manuscript review screen, select tab "3. Download and Review" and "Add Discussion" for the Section Editor in the "Review Discussions" section of the review form. 
  5. To see these Review Guidelines again, open a new tab in your browser and see a copy under "Announcements," "Instructions for Reviewers" on the Reflections home page (


As you read the manuscript, please consider the following evaluative criteria that will appear on the review form:

  • Narrative: The author conveys interpersonal interactions, witnessed events, and felt experiences in a narrative format and is clear about the author(s)’ role (e.g. practitioner, recipient of service, teacher, field instructor, student, researcher, other).
  • Story: The author places the narrative within the context of a well-told story that helps readers discover new ways of thinking about the personal, the professional, and the political in our lives.
  • Portrayals: The author roots the narrative in the rich and detailed portrayal of key moments, examples, and vignettes that fully portray the interaction taking place between and among the people involved.
  • Context: The author places the reflection within an historical context, focusing on the present, and considering the implications of the narrative for the future.
  • References: The author uses references that might draw connections between the content and the published literature or that might assist the reader in understanding conceptual or theoretical conclusions about the nature of professional practice.
  • Conclusions: The author draws conclusions about the need for qualitative or quantitative research related to the issues arising from the narrative.


As you review, please consider the following evaluative criteria that will appear on the review form:

  • Is original creative work
  • Conveys a theme relevant to the helping professions
  • Portrays interpersonal interactions, witnessed events, or felt experiences
  • Sparks engagement, reflection, and meaning-making
  • Is embedded in a contextual paragraph that provides the reader with an understanding of what the poet/artist/photographer hopes to convey through this creative expression