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Peer Editing Checklist

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In college, peer editing is a common requirement, especially in classes that require a lot of writing. Peer editing is when another classmate looks at your paper to locate errors in organization, coherence, spelling, grammar, word usage, formatting, sentence structure, and accuracy. The classmate can also make suggestions on how to make your paper more understandable and review the content of the paper. Many professors who require peer editing in their classes have the students work off a peer editing checklist. What follows is an example of what a peer editing checklist can look like. This checklist for peer review editing is for an average college paper that needs three body paragraphs.

  1. Overall

  1. Does the type of paper match the assignment?

  2. Do you find the paper as a whole interesting?

  1. Formatting

  1. Does the formatting of the paper meet the requirements of the assignment?

  2. Is the font face and size the same throughout the entire paper?

  1. Organization

  1. Introduction

  1. Does the introduction begin with an attention-grabbing sentence?

  2. Is there a clear and arguable thesis statement?

  3. Does the introduction introduce the main ideas that the writer will discuss further in the body?

  1. Body

  1. Are there at least three body paragraphs?

  2. Is each body paragraph indented?

  3. Is there a topic sentence in each paragraph?

  4. Does the paragraph order match the sequence of topics presented in the introduction?

  5. For each paragraph, are the sentences related to the topic of that paragraph?

If there is information in a certain paragraph that has nothing to do with the topic of that paragraph, the author needs to take it out.

  1. Do the topics discussed in the body prove the thesis?

Each topic and its supporting sentences need to tie back to the thesis, or the main idea, for the paper.

  1. Conclusion

  1. Is there a restatement of the thesis?

The author needs to restate the thesis in your conclusion, but not in the same way as the introduction.

  1. Are the three topics discussed in the body paragraphs summarized?

  2. Is there a final thought that leaves you with a lasting impression?

Overall, a well-written conclusion should make you think more about a particular topic. If you’re wondering if there’s more to the subject of the paper after you have finished reading the conclusion, then the author has done a good job.

  1. Coherence

  1. Does the title of the paper fit with the thesis of the paper?

It is confusing when the title of your classmate’s paper has nothing to do with their thesis.

  1. Is there one topic for each body paragraph?

  2. Do the topics in the paper flow logically from one another?

The three topics in a paper, in addition to being related to the thesis, also have to be connected to each other in some way. The author has to present these connections in a way that makes sense to their audience.

  1. Are transitions used correctly?

  2. Is the paper easy to understand? Are there any unfamiliar terms and jargon?

  1. Word Usage

  1. Are there any incorrectly used or unnecessary words, including adverbs and prepositions?

  2. Is active voice present throughout the paper?

  3. Are conjunctions used only once per sentence?

Only two clauses need to comprise a sentence, with only one conjunction separating the two clauses.

  1. Grammar

  1. Pronouns

  1. Are there any unclear antecedents?

A pronoun needs to refer clearly to an antecedent, such as a person, idea, clause, word, or phrase

  1. For demonstrative pronouns (i.e. those, that, this, etc.) in the paper, is it clear what nouns they are referring to?

  1. Sentence structure

  1. Are there any sentence fragments?

Each sentence must have a subject and a verb.

  1. Is there subject-verb agreement in each sentence?

  2. Are there any run-on sentences?

  3. Are there any comma splices?

If you can take two clauses that are separated by a comma, and they make sense when you read them apart from each other, then they are two separate sentences. The author needs to either make them into two separate sentences or separate them with a semicolon and a conjunction.

  1. Are there any modifiers that are misplaced or dangling?

For example, are there any verb combinations that are separated by a modifier?

  1. Punctuation

  1. Are there missing or unnecessary commas?

  2. Are there any missing period punctuation marks?

  3. Are there question marks after a question?

  4. Are there any apostrophe errors?

  5. Are all other punctuation marks used correctly?

  1. Spelling

  1. Are there any spelling errors?

It is important not just to rely on the spell check in the word processor. If you read your classmate’s paper backwards, you are more likely to catch spelling mistakes.

  1. Accuracy

  1. Is there any inaccurate information in the paper?

The above peer editing checklist is just one example. Most professors use their own peer editing checklists.

All in all, peer editing is a way to learn from your peers. For instance, when you are reviewing your classmate’s paper, you may realize a mistake that you made in your own paper. You can make a note to yourself to check it when you get your paper back.

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