How to review an article

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In this article I will give you some tips on reviewing articles for others, along with thoughts on what you should be looking out for.

To start with, you should think about what type of review you are doing:

  1. Are you editing the article, or have you been asked just to give comments?
  2. Are you commenting on the technical content, the article structure/high level content, the spelling/grammar, or all of them?

We'll look at general tips first, and then follow up with mini-guides to help with the different situations outlined in the above bullets.

Note: There are different terms you'll come across that describe the activities we are talking about in this article. You'll hear:

  • development editing — this tends to refer to doing high level work on the article
  • technical editing and technical reviewing
  • copy editing
  • proof reading

Reviewing: general

editing and commenting

When editing

When you are just reviewing

Different types of review

Technical review

Development edit

Language review