Open Textbook Review Criteria

Accessibility / Interface

The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader or screen-reading software.

Usage Rights

The usage rights allowed by the copyright holders / contributors meet the needs of you and your students. (For example, if you want your students to update an OER, you may want to look for a work that has a Creative Commons license that allows for derivative works.)


The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary.

Content Accuracy

Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

Relevance Longevity

Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement.


The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used.


The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.


The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

Organization Structure Flow

The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion.

Grammatical Errors

The text contains no grammatical errors.

Cultural Relevance

The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

This content was modified by Laura Harris at SUNY Oswego. Most of this content was developed by BCcampus. It is a derivative of the Peer Review criteria used by, which is a derivative of the review rubric used by College Open Textbooks,which was adapted from the American Library Association Choice Selection Policy.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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