Creative Enquiry Peer Review Criteria

Submissions will be assessed by two peer reviewers who have experience in assessing creative enquiry submissions. They will be assessed against the following criteria (adapted from Richardson 2000 and Younie 2011): Perception; Evidence of Reflexivity; Aesthetic merit; Impact. These criteria are described in detail below:


  • Does this piece contribute to our understanding of social life?
  • Does the author demonstrate a deeply grounded practice-based understanding and perspective?


  • Does the author demonstrate evidence of reflexivity in their submission? For example:
    • Do they explain how or why they came to write/create this text?
    • Have they considered relevant ethical issues?
    • Does the author demonstrate self-awareness in such a way that the reader can make judgments about the author’s point of view?
    • Do authors hold themselves accountable to the standards of knowing and telling of the people they have studied?

Aesthetic merit:

  • Does this presentation (the combination of the created work and the accompanying thinking) succeed aesthetically?
  • Does the use of creative analytical thinking and practice open up the text/created piece and invite interpretive responses?
  • Is the creative text artistically shaped, satisfying, complex?

Impact on the audience:

  • What is the potential of this submission to affect the audience emotionally and/or intellectually and prompt them to consider new questions?
  • Is this submission likely to move the audience in other ways (for example move them to write, consider new working practices or take any other action?)



RICHARDSON, L. 2000. Evaluating Ethnography. Qualitative Inquiry, 6, 253-255.

YOUNIE, L. 2011. A reflexive journey through arts-based inquiry in medical education. Doctor of Education, University of Bristol.