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The Peer Review Process

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Jenna Mertz

on 14 October 2015

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Transcript of The Peer Review Process

What is Peer Review?
What are we looking for?
When you ask a friend to look over your paper, what sort of
feedback do you receive
?

Or,
when you give feedback
, what sort of comments do you give?
Feedback Examples
I don't understand your thesis
Global vs. Local
whole text issues
ideas
argument and thesis
organization
does the essay respond to the assignment?
audience
genre
What are our priorities?
Criteria Sheet
Originality
Argument
Clarity
Structure/Cohesion
Citations
Figures/Tables
The Peer Review Process
method to assess and evaluate the quality of submissions
Two eyes are better than one...
Example?
it's, its, there, their, they're
capitalize the title!
analysis goes after results
Comma splice
run-on sentence
Huh?
;
paragraph, sentence, word level
punctuation
style
citation
spelling
transitions
VS
So what??
Originality
Argument
clarity
Structure & cohesion
Citations
Figures & Tables
Why do we care about this paper? Why is it relevant?

Does it tell us something new?
Have you heard this argument before?
Can you restate the thesis in your own words?

As a (non) specialist, do you understand?

Does the argument build rather than repeat?
--> Does each paragraph make a point?
Does the author address the haters? (refute counterclaims)
Does the order of the sections make sense?

The author does not use headings and subtitles as a crutch

"author critically engages with scholarship"

Is the author reviewing or
interacting with
literature?

How is the author situated in the scholarship? --> see cheat sheet
Do they make sense?
Does the author explain them?
Are they digestible?
Show me what you got
read sample
mark it up with comments and feedback
Which categories did you pull from?

What type of comments did you make?
Endnote
briefly summarizes strengths and weaknesses of paper and suggests CHANGES
"Jenna's argument is sound: each paragraph builds and provides a different claim regarding how palm oil production impacts Indonesian farmers. Her language, however, is much too flowery and poetic for an academic paper. She will need to tone down her word choice for her to be published.
--> these are your local concerns

--> as a non-specialist, you can spot terms that are unclear, logic that does not make sense
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