I found Lovejoy, Revenson and France’s (2011) article thoroughly informative, especially for someone who is not too familiar with the peer reviewing process. It was interesting to see that Lovejoy acknowledges that many people are unaware of the process and states that they “may never attempt these activities, despite the desire to do so, because they feel ill-equipped to conduct a review” (p. 2). I, for one, feel this way, especially since I never really had the confidence to even review my own work, let alone someone else’s. I looked over my peers’ papers on several occasions, but I found this really difficult to do. I remember looking over paragraph after paragraph, and there were times where I could not find anything to critique on.
Throughout my years in university, I have often asked family members and friends to look over my work, and to provide me all the honest critiques they can give. I feel more comfortable with people that I know and trust to review my work, especially those who are familiar with my style of writing. They acknowledge the common mistakes I make when writing papers and they point this out to me and tell me a better way to go about with the paper. I find to be at less ease when a stranger reviews my work because I am not always confident with my own writing, and I do not take it well when others criticize it. However, from Professor Galey’s lecture last week and the readings, I felt a bit more relaxed when I was told to not feel entirely discouraged or upset if the reviews come back and reject your paper or advises major changes. Lovejoy et al. (2011) also mention that papers are sometimes rejected because they would perhaps “be better suited for publication elsewhere” (p. 3). So, a rejection does not necessarily mean that the paper is bad in the sense of quality of writing. Even so, I am still a bit apprehensive about submitting my paper to a journal; yet, I hope that I will eventually gain enough confidence to do so someday.
Lovejoy, T.I., Revenson, T.A., France, C.R. (2011). Reviewing manuscripts for peer-review journals: A primer for novice and seasoned reviewers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42(1), 1-13.