Following the success of the class in November 2019, I’ve decided to offer this class regularly. After all, revising articles (and book manuscripts) after peer review is a regular part of your scholarly work.
Next Class: 12 February 2020 10 EST/3 UK/ other time zones
Using guided exercises and group coaching, participants will have an opportunity to apply the ideas I present Peer Review (A Short Guide) to process their emotional responses and figure out how to address the comments they have received. By the end of the class you should
- feel differently about the comments
- have concrete tasks to get you started on addressing the comments
One participant in the November class said:
While I work with academic writers frequently about their journal articles, etc., that doesn’t mean that I don’t bump up against my own challenges as I continue to publish academically. And one of the greatest hurdles is making peace with reviewer comments. Taking this course was a game changer. I was frustrated with one of the reviewer’s comments and Jo easily and elegantly translated what that comment meant. I could easily address it in my edits and keep moving forward. I cannot emphasize the degree of relief I felt and how it freed me to keep going. I highly recommend this course. Sign up for it now if you ever or regularly publish in academic journals. (Michelle Dionne Thompson)
This class works best if you have actual reviewer comments to work with. If you haven’t opened them yet, it will be a supportive environment in which to do that. If you’ve opened them but don’t know where to start or get upset at the very idea, the class will help you with that. If you started on them, the class will still be useful. It doesn’t matter if the response was “revise & resubmit” or “reject”. You are capable of writing publishable work and getting your scholarly work published.
One thing we all learned in the November 2019 class is that it is a really good idea to reread your manuscript before the class. It’s been a while since you submitted it. You’ve been working on other things. You want to have a clear sense of what you actually wrote before you start looking at what other people thought of it.
In the book, I argue that peer review is an editorial process that supports academic writing as well as a part of the collective process through which we create and advance knowledge. Authors and reviewers collectively shape their fields through scholarly publishing and peer review.
I am aware that it doesn’t always feel like that. Submitting your work for publication is vulnerable. Receiving feedback triggers all kinds of emotional responses. Reviewer feedback, even if not actively bullying, is often written in ways that make it difficult to engage with and use constructively. In the class, I’ll walk you through reading your comments as editorial comments and making a plan to address them so you can publish your contribution to knowledge.
All those registered for the class will receive an audio recording of the class so you can listen again as you work through your revisions. This recording will also become one of the resources available in the Academic Writing Studio.