ADP L5 Peer Review


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Part 5 of a series of lessons on writing an academic paper. Presented in English to graduate students at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.

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ADP L5 Peer Review

  1. 1. Lesson 5 Academic PaperPeer Review<br />Kansai University Spring 2011<br />
  2. 2. Review Body of Academic Paper<br />Introduction<br />Introductory Paragraph<br />Literature Review<br />Concluding Paragraph or Study Overview<br />Methods<br />Introductory Paragraph<br />Participants<br />Step-by-step Description of Procedure<br />Explanation of How Data was Analyzed<br />Results<br />Discussion<br />Conclusion<br />
  3. 3. Peer Review<br />The purpose of a Peer Review is for colleagues or peers to help each other with academic papers.<br />Peer means someone of equal status or colleagues.<br />Peer review of academic papers is the process where your peers review your paper before it is published.<br />During a peer review, your peers or colleagues suggest ways to improve your paper and give their opinion about what you have written.<br />
  4. 4. Peer Review Activity<br />Everyone will share a copy of their paper with their group members<br />Everyone will read and write comments about the paper in the margin of the paper. (10 - 15 minutes)<br />During the peer review, students will discuss the paper and share comments about how to improve the paper with the author.<br />The author will clarify or explain areas that others don’t understand and make corrections when needed.<br />
  5. 5. Rules for the Peer Review<br />Everyone is at a different level of writing English papers. Be kind and considerate when you make comments or ask questions.<br />Remember it’s OK to make mistakes. Don’t make fun or laugh at mistakes that others make.<br />Your role is like a teacher. Your goal is to help the writer by giving suggestions and asking questions.<br />Guide the writer to organize ideas better or express thoughts so that is easier to understand.<br />Point out strengths of the paper or areas that are well written.<br />
  6. 6. Areas to Examine<br />Check the paper for grammar, spelling and punctuation.<br />Check that paragraphs have a topic sentence, supporting sentences and a concluding sentence.<br />Ask for clarification or explanations when ideas are not clear. Help make the ideas clearer if possible.<br />“I don’t understand what you mean by paragraph 2. Can you explain it to me?”<br />“This sentence is not clear to me. Do you mean to say, …?”<br />
  7. 7. Conclusion<br />Doing a peer review <br />Helps the writer organize and explain ideas<br />Gives suggestions about how to improve a paper<br />You can improve your paper by looking at how and what others write.<br />Peer review is a good way to prepare for a presentation or to have someone review your paper before publication.<br />