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Title: How Peer Editing can benefit your Scientific Manuscript


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How Peer Editing can Benefit your Scientific
Manuscript
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  • Peer editing is a technique used in manuscript
    and scientific writing. People engaged in peer
    editing draft their manuscripts and provide each
    other with valuable suggestions for improvement.
  • The technique can be used at any point in the
    writing process formulation of ideas,
    constructing an outline, draft revision, or copy
    editing of the final draft.

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How does the Peer Editing Process Work?
  • The instructors of peer editing ask all authors
    to bring in their copies of a draft, distribute
    them for marking up, and have editors sign and
    return them to the author right away.
  • However, papers have the risk of getting lost
    sometimes, especially the rough drafts which are
    full of errors variously caught by the peers. In
    such a case, web-based collaborative writing
    tools work better for some peer editing
    situations.

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Pros and Cons of Peer Editing
Peer editing has many benefits in scientific
manuscript editing 
  • You gain confidence in your work by having others
    working in your niche read it and provide
    comments prior to the journal.
  • Editing by peers can help you identify problems
    in your own writing. Plus, other authors get a
    firsthand experience as to how it feels and what
    it takes to assess writing critically, rather
    than just relying on the journals editing
    process to find all the mistakes.

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  • When you know that your manuscript will be read
    by your peers, it gives you a chance to write for
    a broader audience than just the journal. This
    encourages better planning about providing
    context for the topic at hand.
  • Manuscript written with peers in mind stands a
    better chance of being livelier and more engaging
    than papers written solely for an authority
    figure.
  • Peer editing teaches each author to act as a
    teacher reviewing others work and forces them to
    act expertly.

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However, peer editing has some pitfalls too
  • Peers when asked to review others work often
    focus more on grammatical improvements and other
    trivial errors rather than on other aspects of
    the writing process.
  • Peers are often too polite to offer constructive
    criticism to each other. On the other hand, some
    peers may occasionally go into an attack dog
    mode and provide comments out of frustration or
    jealousy. Thus, a balanced approach to productive
    criticism should be defined at the outset of a
    peer editing exercise.

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  • As said earlier, an online peer editing
    environment provides documents which are visible
    to the whole class (rather than just the author
    and the editor). This may spur an overly humble
    or aggressive tone.
  • Peers may sometimes identify with the ideas the
    author is posing rather than comment on the
    clarity of the argument.
  • Occasionally a peer may suggest a correction
    which when followed actually weakens the quality
    of the paper.

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Tips for Peer Editing Exercises
  • Create a separate schedule or consider blocking
    off time for in-class peer editing. This is often
    required to bring seriousness and concentration
    to the activity. It also allows you to put good
    habits in place and manage all the tasks
    of scientific manuscript writing well.
  • Provide your peers with a model of editing, or a
    set of codes to use in the process. This allows
    them to steer attention away from the trivial
    matters and focus on more significant and
    critical engagement with your paper.

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  • Additionally, ask your peers to submit short
    editorial notes addendum to your final draft.
    This document must incorporate high points from
    the peer editing process and critique the
    feedback that they received.
  • If you have several papers to be published and
    opt for peer editing sessions for each, make sure
    that you submit different documents to different
    editors each time.

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  • Peer editing can be a boon to your scientific
    editing process provided your peers know the set
    of codes or the protocol you follow for the
    process.
  • Otherwise, it can be a sheer waste of time and
    can also spoil the hard work you put in writing
    your manuscript. If you are looking, professional
    scientific editor reaches us at
    Cognibrain scientific editing services company.

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