Further Tips:Group member doesn’t have MS Word?Export as PDF (Mac: “Save as PDF” in thePrint window; PC: install a PDF exporter as aprinter)Use comments without “track changes”If you don’t know how to do it: use somethingsimpler
How we do it part 2Not as complex (type directly in thedocument) Pros: Compatible with everyone, relatively easy to use, very ﬂexible Cons: Gets confusing easily; every comment must be marked
Save a newcopy with yourname in the ﬁleType right intothe documentChange the fontcolorMake sure youmark everycomment
Further Tips:Use other methods to differentiate yourcomments (font size, etc), but make sure it’sclearly different from the text.It’s harder to make corrections and deletionsusing this method; I usually just write “oops”next to mistakes.Don’t get too fancy--it will just consume timeLearn about “Format Painter” (MS Word) or“Copy and Paste Format” (Mac) to speed thisup
How we do it part 3Easiest method (just type some comments atthe end of the paper) Pros: Foolproof, no need to format, allows you to reﬂect on the paper Cons: Very hard to make speciﬁc comments about issues on individual pages, important to include a lot
End of the paper Don’t forget! Save a new copy with your name in the ﬁle before you make changes My comments
Further Tips:Write a lot. Because there are no commentsin the rest of the paper, you have to make it allup here.Be speciﬁc. “Some stuff seems vague still” isnot very helpful—try to be as clear as possible.
For all methods:Comment on every paper you receive on time.If you receive a peer’s paper late, thencomments on it are optional.Write about two substantive, speciﬁccomments (or questions) per page. Or, writeabout a half of page at the end.:) and :-) are not comments. They are smileyfaces. Also, “Nice Paper!!!” is almostmeaningless. Try to be speciﬁc.