How to choose readers for paper drafts?

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In our October “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asked:

What goes into selecting a potential reviewer for your article? Is it normal for junior scholars to select, for example, their thesis advisor or another person at their graduate institution? Should it specifically be someone who works on this exact topic, or someone who you know in the general area of philosophy?

I’ve never presented this exact argument, so I don’t feel that I would have met someone at a conference who clearly responded well to this particular work. Although, I did attend a conference on this topic and met some folks there. What’s the best strategy?

It wasn’t clear to me whether this reader means “suggesting reviewers” when submitting to journals (which some journals request or even require from authors), or whether they simply mean “readers of paper drafts.” I’m assuming the latter, as it would surely be inappropriate (a clear conflict of interest) to suggest a thesis advisor or someone else one is close to as a journal reviewer.

So, I’m assuming this person means to ask: what goes into selecting readers for paper draftsShould a junior scholar ask mentors in their graduate program (even if, say, they already received their PhD)? Should they seek out other specialists? If so, how? Any helpful tips?

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