MERLOT Peer Review Information

MERLOT has over 20 Editorial boards, each run by an Editor with a group of Peer Reviewers that are the essence of MERLOT materials. As a Peer Reviewer, you participate in the peer review process (described below). The Editorial Board Editor triages each material in their discipline and assigns it to a reviewer in their discipline. This section describes both the Peer Review Processes and MERLOT GRAPE Camp.

Materials in MERLOT that have been peer reviewed are eligible each year to become a MERLOT Classic award winner. You can find information about MERLOT awards below in the MERLOT Awards section.


Peer Review Process Information

All MERLOT materials, unlike the materials in other learning materials collections, are examined in various ways to ensure that they are useful for the MERLOT community. The Peer Review process is led by an Editor, and includes editorial board members and peer reviewers. There are three stages to completing a peer review:

Stage 1. Developing Evaluation Standards

The MERLOT editorial boards provide leadership, tools, and training in developing evaluation standards and processes for peer review which include:

Stage 2. Conducting Evaluations

Editorial boards decide on the process for selecting materials to be peer reviewed. If a collection of materials is not large enough to adequately establish inter-rater reliability, its editorial board works to expand the collection. Peer reviewer teams typically do the following:

Stage 3. Reporting Evaluations

The Editor or Associate Editor reviews the individual reviews and creates an integrated or composite peer review report in Workspace. The Editor sends the composite peer review to the material author(s) for feedback, and permission to post the review. When permission is obtained, the Editor posts the composite peer review report on the MERLOT website. Authors may ask the Editor to send letters to two individuals of their choice, summarizing the peer review process and including the composite report.

Additional Review Options in MERLOT

Crowd Sourced Review: Every learning material in the collection is described in detail in its own Detail Description Page. Registered MERLOT Members have an opportunity on every Detail Description Page to share their view of the value of a material by 1) rating it, 2) commenting on it, and 3) by starting or participating in a discussion of that material.

For additional detailed information on the process of peer review, contact the Director of Editorial Boards for more information at

Become a Peer Reviewer

To become a Peer Reviewer for MERLOT, individuals must be an instructor in an institution of higher education and have:


GRAPE Camp Information

MERLOT has developed training for Peer Reviewers to ensure that they become familiar with MERLOT processes and policies on Peer Review. This training in GRAPE Camp (Getting Reviewers Accustomed to the Process of Evaluation). MERLOT Management conducts GRAPE Camp to train peer reviewers on a regular basis. GRAPE Camp consists of a series of three 1-hour workshops online, one per week. In these webinars, participants will:

GRAPE Camp webinars are conducted synchronously or asynchronously, include people from a variety of disciplines, and are archived so participants can review the material as needed. You can also read a little more about it by downloading our Peer Review brochure. Here is a current GRAPE Camp schedule and registration information if you decide to participate. Contact MERLOT for more information about GRAPE Camp.

Comments from GRAPE Camp Participants:

"GrapeCamp was a good learning experience. The materials were organized and clear."

"The instructor is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and responsive. Thank you."

"It was an enjoyable and comfortable 'classroom' environment."

"I think Grape camp is a good way to learn about doing reviews. The format is flexible, as in my case I missed a session and could watch the archived presentation".

"I thought the amount of time was just right and the instructor was available for questions between instructional sessions."

"Overall, this was very well done. I'm glad I participated."




The MERLOT Awards program recognizes and promotes outstanding online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning and to honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community. Each of the MERLOT Editorial Boards selects an outstanding resource from its discipline to receive the MERLOT Classics award.
MERLOT provides awards in three areas:

1. Exemplary Online Materials Awards

Awards for Exemplary Online Materials are presented to authors of peer-reviewed learning resources contributed to MERLOT. The awards honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community by conferring the MERLOT Classics Awards. In years past MERLOT also presented a Editor's Choice Awards, however that award is no longer given out. Each Editorial Board selects an outstanding peer-reviewed learning material in its discipline to receive the Classics award according to program criteria. The Editors’ Council, composed of the editors of each MERLOT Editorial Boards, further reviewed the Classics awardees and selected among them, the resource they consider to be an exemplary model for all disciplines. These resources then received the highest award of honor, the MERLOT Editors’ Choice award. The Editors’ Choice Award was curtailed in 2007 in order to provide more awards for the Application of MERLOT. Past Exemplary Online Material award winners are listed here.

Authors wishing to have their learning material considered to receive the Classics Award must first contribute the material to MERLOT. Once the material is submitted it needs to be peer-reviewed by the Editorial Board, which may take several months. Materials are only considered for the award when they are catalogued in the disciplines for which there are Editorial Boards. Editorial Boards make their decisions regarding the Classics Award in December for awards at the Innovate Conference the following Spring. Authors who wish to have their materials considered should send email to

2. Application of MERLOT Awards - Application of MERLOT Awards recognize those who demonstrate leadership in the use and application of MERLOT. 

3. Service to MERLOT - These awards are provided to Members who make contributions to MERLOT and also to MERLOT Higher Education Partners for longevity as partners. MERLOT recognizes the outstanding contributions that individuals make to the growth and development of MERLOT. This leadership is rewarded in several ways: