Ineffective Peer Review

Don't Go Here!


I hated your poem, and you are a bad person.
Here, the reviewer is being very harsh, speaking personally, and not offering any comments that will lead to productive changes.

I loved your story. By the way, you have beautiful eyes. Are you free for lunch?
This critic is more interested in the writer than in the work.

Your essay is OK, but mine is better.
This person is making the review process competitive, and acting as an opponent, rather than a helper.

I thought your writing was interesting.
This writer is using a very popular word in peer review, but "interesting" doesn't really say much. The author in this case would not know what the reader found interesting or why it was interesting. Try to be specific in your comments.


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