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29Jan/13

Peer Review and The Peer Review Process

What purpose does peer review serve in contributing to your professional world? How can you benefit from both giving and receiving a peer review?
Peer review in a course setting allows classmates to review each other’s work and offer advice. Peer review allows classmates to exchange dialog about each other’s work and offer insight into others ideas, research, and writing styles. Reading a peer’s entire work before commenting is a good idea, and it helps to know what exactly they are trying to accomplish in their work. Quality reviewers are able to deliver honest constructive feedback in a courteous and respective voice.

University of Wisconsin’s (2009) Writing Center suggests some things for reviewers to consider first (before spelling, grammar, word choice, etc.). Big questions for reviewers to ask first include:

  • Does the draft respond to the assignment?
  • Are important and interesting ideas presented?
  • Is the main point clear and interesting?
  • Is there a clear focus? Is the draft effectively organized?
  • Is the sequence of points logical?
  • Are ideas adequately developed?
  • Is the draft convincing in its argument?
  • Is evidence used properly?

Scholarly research and the peer review process is slow. However, it serves the academic and professional world because it helps prevent the distribution of “irrelevant findings, unwarranted claims, unacceptable interpretations, and personal views” as fact (California State University, 2007).

California State University. (2007). Retrieved from http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/cdip/facultyresearch/Definitionandpurposeofpeerreview.html

University of Wisconsin. (2009). The Writing Center. Retrieved from http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/PeerReviews.html

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