Association for Biology Laboratory Education

Peer Review Process

The Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching (Proceedings of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education) is a peer reviewed publication. Individuals who wish to present at an ABLE conference must submit a proposal for their presentation. This includes major workshops, mini workshops and posters, and all are peer reviewed in the acceptance process. At our annual conference, presentations are reviewed by the faculty and academic staff participants.

For example, a 3-hour major workshop would typically be presented to as many as 25 participants in each of two separate sessions. Each participant completes an anonymous critical review at the end of each workshop session using a rubric that we provide for that purpose. These reviews are returned to the Proceedings editor and copies are sent to the workshop presenters to assist them in the preparation of their final manuscript. The number of these participant peer reviews typically ranges from 15-40 separate written reviews. The final level of peer review is conducted by our Proceedings editorial committee when final manuscripts of presented workshops and posters are submitted for publication. Separate from format editing, our editorial committee pays close attention to the responses of authors to the participant peer reviews. This same process applies to 45-minute mini workshops and to poster presentations.

The result is our annual peer reviewed publication, Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, published since 1980, that distributes quality biology laboratory activities, explores pedagogy issues, and contributes to science education in general.