As I was preparing the class on Dealing With Reviewer Comments (recording available for members of the Academic Writing Studio), I asked some friends and colleagues to recommend resources for dealing with feedback. That's how I discovered Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process. Lerman developed … [Read more...] about Why questions are useful in feedback
Dealing With Criticism
The academic writing process involves dealing with criticism of your writing. You may actively seek feedback from colleagues. You will certainly receive comments from peer reviewers when you submit your work for publication. These posts address some of the issues you face in dealing with criticism to improve your work and have it accepted for publication. Members of the Academic Writing Studio can find further resources in the Writing Process section of the Resource Room.
You’ve worked really hard on this article. The subject is important to you. You have something important to say. It feels urgent. This vision you have for the paper is extremely important. You know what you want to say even if you are struggling to say it clearly. That vision is still important … [Read more...] about Your vision guides the writing and the revision
You want to do good work. You want your work to be published so that other scholars can read it and engage with it. You’ve submitted an article manuscript to a peer reviewed journal or a book manuscript to a scholarly monograph publisher. You’ve received a decision and the reviewers comments. … [Read more...] about How can reviewer comments improve your work?
In situations where scarce resources are being allocated, peer review ensures that those decisions are made by people who share a set of values about what counts as knowledge, rigour, and so on. In the context of journal and monograph publishing, only so many things can be published in this … [Read more...] about The role of peer review
One of my favorite quotes is by Samuel Silas Curry, a turn of the century speech teacher, “There is nothing so encouraging as good criticism.” He goes on to say that good criticism simply compares the actual with the ideal. Vicky@collegeparentcentral commenting on my post Confidence in the Face of … [Read more...] about Criticism & perfectionism