This book is in Open Review. I want your feedback to make the book better for you and other readers. To add your annotation, select some text and then click the on the pop-up menu. To see the annotations of others, click the in the upper right hand corner of the page

Chapter 8 Open Review

Open Review means that you can freely read the book and easily help to make it better. You can offer suggestions by make annotations using, an open source annotation system. This is a very simple system for interacting with the book. If you are familiar with GitHub or Git, you can also comment using GitHub’s issue tracker for the book, or make a pull request. In addition to these feedback options, this website for the book will be collecting your implicit feedback by tracking the readership and abandonment rate of each section of the book.

Open Review takes place before and at the same time as the book publisher’s peer review. The feedback from Open Review and peer review will be used to create a revised manuscript. The Open Review period will end when the final manuscript is submitted to the publisher.

The concept of Open Review, as it is implemented here, is taken from Matthew Salganik’s Open Review Toolkit. Much of the text on this page comes from the Open Review Toolkit About page and the Open Review Toolkit Privacy and Consent page

8.1 FAQ about open review

8.1.1 What kind of feedback are you looking for?

Open Review is not just about catching typos. Rather, Open Review is designed to collect all types of feedback, and I’d particularly welcome any feedback that you have about the substance of the book. Are there sections that you find particularly confusing? Are their points that you find particularly important? Am I making claims that you think need to be refined? Are there parts of the book that you think should be removed? When in doubt, I think you should follow one of the main principles at Wikipedia: Be bold.

8.1.2 Can I see the annotations that others are making?

Yes, all the annotations are public. You can see them on right hand side of the each page or you can read them in stream form.

8.1.3 What are the benefits for readers?

You get to read the manuscript and help make it better.

8.1.4 What are the benefits for authors and publishers?

The Open Review process will benefit both authors and publishers, even if they have no interest in increasing access to knowledge. The process will lead to higher manuscript quality through the explicit and implicit feedback. Further, the Open Review process will provide valuable data that can be used during that marketing of the book.

8.1.5 Has anyone ever done something like this before?

This is based on Matthew Salganik’s Open Review Toolkit. He’s written about some related efforts here:

8.1.6 What kind of information are you collecting and how will that information be used?

Please read our privacy and consent policy, below.

8.1.7 How I can learn more about traditional peer review of academic books?

The AAUP recently published a report on best practices for peer review.

8.1.8 Can I do this with my book?

Sure. Check out the code for this website at for more about how we did it.

8.1.9 I have a different question about Open Review. How can I get in touch?

Send an email to

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