Okay, okay, I admit it.
I have been a terrible peer reviewer before.
I’m not completely alone on this, right? …Right? Does anyone admit to this fatal mistake too? Don’t leave me all alone with this…
Fine, I didn’t want to be your friend either.
Today, I’m going to talk about what not to do when you are peer editing. I don’t believe that all this silence means that everyone in the world are amazing peer-reviewers. We all have those moments where we honestly do not want to do anything when it comes to revising a paper that’s due…what? A few weeks after this peer-edit. Personally, I absolutely love editing papers because I grow as a person. I get to see other perspectives and see through someone’s else’s mind and let’s admit it, we all want to get that one paper that isn’t finished to make our ‘crappy’ draft seem a lot better. When I come out of peer editing, I am of three moods: ecstatic(because my paper is freaking amazing compared to others), nervous(because my paper totally sucks and everyone else’s is phenomenal), or confused(because I didn’t understand what I was actually writing about..). So what makes people bad editors? Any ideas?
Hint: Watch the video!
There are many different types of reviewers. I admit that I’ve been ‘Jean the Generalizer’, ‘Whatever William’ and ‘Picky Patty’ before. Sometimes, I’m nit-picky about grammar and sentence structure and other times, I’m like ‘Whatever William’ and don’t really want to be doing this. Another time, I’ve been ‘Jean the Generalizer’ but, in my defense, there were things that were needed to be fix before fixing the more specific things. I understand that there are those days where you do not, for whatever reason, want to do peer-editing, and hopefully you’ll have’Get Out of Jail Free’ cards lying around but when you do want to be productive, here are a few suggestions I thought I’d share with you.
-Give compliments(What better way to make a person smile than to compliment their writing)
-Give Constructive Criticism( Please do not make them cry…)
-Explain your comments and listen to their defenses( Hey! Everyone, including you and the writer, make mistakes)
- Ask Questions( If something doesn’t make sense to you, ask about it. You might learn something new instead of assuming)
Oh dear…I’ve done it again. I’ve become ‘Jean the Generalizer’. But within reason, if I were to give you specific suggestions, you would only look for those in the paper. Now that I’ve broaden the horizon, you’ll be able to keep an eye out for anything!
Good luck on your peer-editing, you’re going to need it!
P.S. Who else laughed at ‘Mean Margaret’? I definitely remember those type of editors in school…
What type of peer-editor did you mostly see at school?