Editorial reviews aim to improve the readability of a manuscript. The reader examines the
manuscript for ways in which it can be clarified and simplified. Then
the reviewer either makes the changes and returns the marked-up manuscript to the writer or makes
marginal notes and a written report for the writer's use in revising. The review often proceeds as
- Read the draft for content: coverage and organization. Read the draft
all the way through before you start to make suggestions for adding or rearranging
material, reordering paragraphs, or recasting sentences. Get a firm grasp of the author's purpose, problem
statement, audience, and organization.
- Make marginal notes. If you have to slow down in your reading or
have to reread a section, mark it for revision. Make marginal notes of sections that
are vague, awkward, inconsistent, or poorly supported.
Note any grammatical or stylistic problems as you
- Place potential problems in context. Reread each area you marked in
the first reading. Place the problem in the context of the audience, the reader's
purpose, and the rules of grammar and style.
- Write down your recommendations. Make written suggestions in the
margins or on a separate sheet of paper. Identify
Read for punctuation and mechanics. Note patterns of misused
punctuation, mechanics, and spelling, as well as any
misuse of units, acronyms, citations, or numbering
of pages, sections, graphics, or equations.
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