The purpose of peer review at this level is to bring the same intellectual rigor to Extension content as is expected of peer-reviewed journal articles. Peer-reviewed Extension content typically focuses on practical applications of research or other science- and evidence-based recommendations and practices. The commitment by authors, reviewers and administrators to the rigorous and qualified review of educational resources is no less than that brought to academic journal articles.
OSU Extension Catalog publications
Our Extension Catalog publications are reviewed by at least two qualified, independent subject-matter experts. Reviewers are fluent in the subject of the content and familiar with the characteristics of the intended audience. Peer reviewers are asked to review the material and include specific, objective suggestions to help authors improve the content. Authors have the responsibility to incorporate or reject suggestions and to revise the content to the satisfaction of the reviewers and their Extension program leader.
Peer reviews are managed by the Extension program leaders or people they designate, who confirm completion in writing to Extension Communications before publishing. If content receives a substantial (over 30%) change in a future revision, another peer review occurs unless a written confirmation from the Extension program leader states it is not needed.
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension and Family and Community Health Extension materials must undergo a blind review (called “referee-review”) for never-before-published materials. They include at least three peer reviewers from any state in the country. The OSU College of Agricultural Sciences will add other reviewers as necessary, and reviewers for Family and Community Health Extension must be external to OSU.
Pacific Northwest Extension publications
Pacific Northwest Extension publications are peer reviewed by qualified, independent subject-matter experts in each state (Oregon, Washington and Idaho). Extension Communications works with the other states to manage the peer review process. For pieces that are revised annually, the peer review process is managed by the author with known reviewers (no blind review).
Oregon Sea Grant Catalog publications
Oregon Sea Grant Catalog publications are typically first published as articles through peer-reviewed journals, and then access to a document is provided either by checking out the article via the National Sea Grant Library, or through an Open Access direct link or downloadable PDF. Oregon Sea Grant only posts Open Access articles. For other content, Oregon Sea Grant publishes Extension technical documents for which they manage the peer review and confirm the incorporation of revisions.