Electronic Book Review (ebr) is a peer-reviewed journal of critical writing produced and published by the emerging electronic literary network.

Although ebr threads include essays addressing a wide range of topics across the arts, sciences, and humanities, ebr‘s editors are particularly interested in critically savvy, in-depth work addressing the digital future of literature, theory, criticism, and the arts.

All articles published in ebr have undergone a rigorous two-stage review process: anonymous peer review and public peer-to-peer (p2p) review.

In the first stage of the review process, two or more ebr editors assess whether a submission is potentially suitable for publication. After this initial screening, the submission is subjected to an anonymous peer review by two referees – an editorial board member and another expert, typically a previous contributor – who are asked to write short evaluative reports giving specific publication recommendations. The editors request that referees’ positive reports be accompanied by substantive comments, which are conveyed to authors prior to publication, thereby formally initiating the intellectual conversation. Selections from the reports are published with the submission as glosses. More substantial responses may appear as ripostes or even free-standing articles.

After being accepted for publication, the submission proceeds to stage two: it is published on ebr‘s staging site, where the submission and selections from the referees’ reports are made available for comment by members of ebr‘s p2p network, all of whom have previously published in ebr or received an editorial invitation, on the basis of their previous writing, to contribute to ebr.

The ebr p2p network differs, on the one hand, from traditional academic communities, in which work circulates largely among committees, not primarily among authors, and, on the other hand, from commercial production, which is also networked but where value gets determined largely by non-writers concerned with marketing. Value at ebr, by contrast, is created through acts of evaluation occurring at every stage in an essay’s editorial circulation, initially by editors and referees, next by contributors in ebr‘s p2p network, and eventually by ebr’s audience.