A peer review accurately critiques another’s work in an insightful way
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Peer reviews analyze another writer’s work. These documents often incorporate both subjective (opinion) analyses and objective (non-opinion) reviews. Ultius works with writers who can produce detailed sample peer reviews in a way that is detailed, helpful and productive in any style including MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian.
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Peer reviews start with an analysis that highlights the original author’s strengths and weakness, but it is often difficult understanding how to critique an article and add your expertise. We work with writers, and editors who track the author’s style and expertise, compare techniques, look for clarity, and use top-notch research.
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Frequently asked questions about buying sample peer reviews
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Clients often search for sample peer reviews because they’ve never worked on this type of project before and want to understand the process. Whether you are a new client who needs help drafting the review, or a seasoned writer who needs a second glance, we excel at meeting client needs.
Here are a few questions we put together to help you understand peer review sample writing.
- What’s the difference between a peer review and a literature review?
Literature reviews focus more on creativity, writing style, and literary prose. Reviewers often do not know the original author which makes it easier to provide an objective opinion. Peer reviews are more technical, focus on strengths and weaknesses, and are often a colleague. Writing an objective opinion is often more difficult with peer reviews.
- Do peer reviews require citations?
All professional work that uses other author’s original writing or ideas require citations. Any time you quote or paraphrase content or insert statistics, a citation must follow. The most frequent citation styles used in peer reviews is the Chicago or MLA styles. Some industries require specific style guides. Ask your writer which style guide is best for your project.
- Why do I need a professional writer for this project?
Peer reviews are detailed, objective reviews that incorporate supporting evidence to back up opinions listed in the document. Experienced writers prevent subjective language, incorporate appropriate supporting evidence, and reviews the project for plagiarism. It is easy for an inexperienced writer to make mistakes and avoid plagiarism.
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Components of a great peer review
Peer reviews may seem daunting at first, but they are simple if you understand the components of a great review. Here are some guidelines for understanding the integral parts of a peer review.
1A great peer review shows the reviewer read and understood the original article
Peer reviews incorporate your critique of the original author’s paper and your own expertise in the field
Every peer review starts with an understanding the material. Great reviews show you dissected the material and compared it to accepted industry standards and methodologies. Reading the article in its entirety and then reviewing it several times is the only way to understand the author’s in-depth theories.Identifying strengths
Identify the article’s best qualities and give them equal space. If you’re not sure how to identify what a solid pro includes, list each element you think is good and then narrow it to the top five most important positive aspects.
You’re not evaluating how well the author writes. The point of a peer review is to show others how authoritative the document is and whether the author could be considered an expert. Your job is to prove to others that the article is evidence-based, accurate, and provides an authoritative view of the topic.
2Includes a concise summary and introduction
Summaries introduce the article’s purpose, author’s credentials, and your overall impression
All papers include an introduction, but peer reviews are a little different. The summary doesn’t outline the main sections nor does it give away the content. The purpose behind the introductory section in a peer review is to introduce the author’s expertise, summarize the original article’s purpose, and rate the overall paper.
Summaries aren’t intended to give all the details and are typically four to six sentences long.Identifying weaknesses
Always cover the author’s worst qualities but stay away from writing style and other subjective opinions. Looking at the thesis construction, grammar and mechanics, research, etc. will help you avoid overly subject reviews.
3Includes a detailed explanation
Effective peer reviews explain the reviewers reasoning and points to solid proof
Introduce the writer in the first section. List their academic qualifications (degrees, fellowships, research, etc.), work history, and publications. Don’t go into too much detail here. The point is to show the audience that the author has experience and is an expert in the field.
- Avoid overly personal information, too many specifics about academic achievements, or long lists of publications.
- Limit these lists to no more than three of the most recent content followed by two to three sentences describing the items.
4Provides an objective, scientific review
Peer reviewers are tasked with giving a scientific opinion not an editorial review
Publications request experts to review articles because they are established in the field and will provide unbiased and professional feedback. This requires you to back your critique with solid evidence and acceptable industry standards.
Peer review critiques should include data pulled from research other than your own, but it doesn’t go overboard with outside sources. You’re reviewing the document not writing it.
Good critiques also incorporate both positive and negative reinforcement, but our natural inclination is to automatically judge the article’s faults. Always remember, the editor chose you because they want your opinion about the article’s publishing worthiness.
Your job here is to give an objective critique that can let the author know what to touch up. Stay away from listing an opinionated advice.
How to produce a great peer review
Understanding the components of a great peer review is only the first step in creating the actual project. Reviewers need to know how to fit all of the pieces together. Here are a few steps to accomplish the components listed in the previous section.
Step 1: Read the article several times
Use a pen and highlighter to mark important passages for later reference.
Every peer review starts with reading the original article. Read the entire document without notes or bookmarks. Re-read the entire document using highlighter, pen and paper, and sticky notes to mark important sections. Scan the notes and highlighted sections while creating an outline to guide you through the following steps.
You don’t have to include the details in your outline. Simply note the page and your opinion. The outline also is a good place to list any outside evidence for easier integration into the work cited page.
Step 2: Writing a brief summary
The summary should include the article’s synopsis and introduce the original writer.
Start your review with a brief, four to six sentence summary. Focus on the original writer and article’s synopsis. Always follow the summary with your opinions about the content and whether you believe the book or article should be published.
Your introduction should start with the author’s background. List their highest degree(s), college – if it is a renowned university or they teach there, most outstanding awards in the field, and recent publication. Follow up with two brief sentences about your qualifications. The article’s summary should only include the hypothesis, methodology, and results.
Sometimes your summary will be longer depending on the subject and your criticism. Never go over two paragraphs. Leave the most important details for your review’s main sections.
As writers, we tend to go overboard in the summary. Keep in mind this section is basically an introduction designed to prepare the audience for what comes next. Always save the best for last.
Step 3: Explaining your criticisms
Write a detailed explanation for each major criticism and save minor suggestions for one section.
For this step, we will use the outline previously mentioned. You should already have a list of major concerns or suggestions. Flesh these topics out in two to three paragraphs each and label each one under a separate heading.
Refer to your highlighted sections and quote the content you dispute. Explain your objections. Using the scientific method and industry-approved methodology, write a paragraph about what the author did right/wrong. Use outside sources to solidify your opinion and show how the information is misinterpreted or in error.
Avoid personal pronouns and casual language. Just don’t go overboard. A peer review shouldn’t include any original research or go into too much detail. Pick the most important elements and evaluate their publication worthiness.
Step 4: Review your comments
Always review your comments several times before submitting to the editor.
Each peer review should be carefully examined for errors, subjective opinions, plagiarism, etc. Look for areas where your opinion of the author is reflected in the review. Critique the author’s work not the writer.
Compare your outline and notes with the content and review all quotes for attribution. Never use someone’s own words without citations.
It’s also a good idea to ask a colleague to critique your review. A second pair of eyes never hurt, and they may catch an error you didn’t see.
Peer review writers face different challenges than most writers. They aren’t tasked with creating a unique document. They face specific ethical guidelines and are required to back their opinion with credible sources. The Committee on Publication Ethics has created ethical guidelines to help peer review writers remain objective and fair.