How to Review and Revise a Research Paper

May 22, 2023
David Sunnyside

review and revise

The article review and revise process is an important part of academic writing. Depending on the journal and/or course requirements, it may be required before you can submit your paper for publication. However, this process can be difficult and even feel embarrassing for new authors or those who have never had their work reviewed before. This article will offer quick tips and strategies to help authors navigate the process.

Revise for Organization

A well-organized research paper has clear and logical progression of ideas. It is also cohesive, with each paragraph supporting and enhancing the thesis of the essay. Look for paragraphs that may be redundant or unclear and for phrases that could be replaced with more concise, less wordy words. Checklist 12.1 Revise for Organization can help you find the best places to make revisions to improve your paper's organization.

Revise for Clarity

A poorly written paper is often confusing to read. When writing a paper it is easy to get carried away and use big words that might sound impressive but don't necessarily convey your intended message. This is why it is important to take the time to carefully edit your work for clarity.

When you receive a revised manuscript from the authors it should generally include their response to your recommendations. This can give you a good idea as to whether or not the author has taken all of your suggestions on board, and will help you set expectations for how the final article should look.

David Sunnyside
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