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The Discourse of Peer Review

Reviewing Submissions to Academic Journals

Authors: Paltridge, Brian

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  • Demystifies the occluded genre of academic peer review
  • Demonstrates how reviewers’ reports reveal the values of disciplinary communities
  • Considers sociolinguistic issues such as face, gender, language background 
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About this book

This book examines reports that are written by reviewers of submissions to a peer-reviewed journal. This includes a thorough study of the reports from the perspectives of context, content and genre, as well as from the point of view of pragmatics and politeness. The author examines the use of evaluative language, and the roles reviewers assume as they make their evaluations. He also explores how reviewers learn to write these reports. He then discusses the results of these analyses from the point of view of reviewer training, making suggestions for further research in the area of editorial peer review. The demystification of this occluded genre will be of benefit to doctoral students and early career academics not yet familiar with the peer review process, as well as those working in the broader areas of English for Specific Purposes and English for Academic Purposes, discourse analysis and writing for publication.

About the authors

Brian Paltridge is Professor of TESOL at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he teaches courses on writing for publication, thesis and dissertation writing, discourse analysis, and English for specific purposes. He is a co-editor of TESOL Quarterly and Editor Emeritus of English for Specific Purposes.

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“The Discourse of Peer Review is a research monograph based on a meticulous analysis of 97 reviewers' reports written for English for Specific Purposes (ESP), focusing on rhetorical moves, pragmatics, use of evaluative language, and the need for reviewer training. As such, it also has much to offer teachers and scholars of writing, in addition to beginning academic authors and prospective reviewers.” (Jeroen Gevers, System, April, 2018)

“In The Discourse of Peer Review: Reviewing Submissions to Academic Journals, Paltridge analyses the genre of the reviewers’ report through linguistic lenses of evaluation, politeness, and pragmatics (the relationship between language and context), generating a research monograph that will be of primary interest to scholars of language and communication.” (Steven E. Gump, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Vol. 49 (2), January, 2018)
“The greatest value of Paltridge’s book is that it offers a comprehensive survey of contemporary insights into peer-review writing … . The writing is clear and fluid, facilitating an easy and enjoyable read. It is an essential read for those who engage in training editors and reviewers and useful for scholars, researchers and PhD students. The book can also be used in teaching academic writing.” (Lilia Raitskaya, Discourse & Communication, Vol. 12 (06), 2018)

“The pedagogical strategies the book presents constitute a useful reference for researchers and practitioners engaged in academic writing, particularly in terms of developing training programmes, ensuring quality and publication standards, as well as maintaining the community values and norms.” (Jihua Dong, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 2018)

“Paltridge cracks open the black box of a genre all academics depend on but few have attempted to analyse: the peer review. This insightful volume will certainly appeal to both researchers and instructors of academic writing – as well as authors who want to better understand what reviewers are trying to tell them.” (Lynn P. Nygaard, special advisor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway)

“Brian Paltridge’s The Discourse of Peer Review is a rigorous and highly skilled analysis of the peer review, which has much to offer anyone concerned with the evaluation of scholarly writing, be it as an editor, a reviewer or indeed as an author. Drawing on his personal and professional experience of reviewing, Paltridge also shows us precisely how careful discourse analysis of an academic genre can best be conducted.  The book is an invaluable resource for those teaching and learning about the socio-pragmatics of reviewing.” (Sally Burgess, University of La Laguna, Spain)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48736-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-48735-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Discourse of Peer Review
Book Subtitle
Reviewing Submissions to Academic Journals
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48736-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48736-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48735-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 235
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations
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