Hi Joseph nice to meet you. A little over a year ago you joined Peerwith as an Expert. Can you tell us a bit about your background, at what point did you decide to sign up as an Expert on Peerwith?
I was a University Professor for over 25 years. My teaching areas were in research design and statistics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. I taught and did research in the areas of human evolution and behavioral ecology. I also served as a journal editor and research director. I have helped many students and colleagues refine their research and writing.
I started an editing and consulting business about three years ago. When I first heard about Peerwith about a year ago, I signed up as soon as possible. I think that Peerwith is a great way for writers and editors to connect. I really enjoy working with writers to help them clarify their writing.
Your main activity on Peerwith is editing; how can you help peers to get published in English journals?
I do a lot of work with non-native English peers. One of the things that is so frustrating to non-native English writers is the plethora of words that have similar meanings. It seems that the shorter the word, the more nuances there are to that word. Adding to the problem is the large number of irregular verbs and the arcane rules for sentence construction. I offer my peers a vital service to polish their papers so they can reach a wider audience.
What do you see as major benefits of the Peerwith platform? What made you decide to offer your services on Peerwith rather than any other researcher service platform?
One of the best things about Peerwith is the direct contact between the peers and experts. There is direct communication between the individuals, which allows both quicker and clearer communications. Quick communications are imperative when you are trying to prepare time-sensitive materials. Clear communication is important when trying to make the manuscripts better without accidentally changing the meaning..
Is there anything you want to say to people who are hesitant about getting support, or advice to people who are considering using the Peerwith Platform?
I think the most important thing to tell people is to go ahead and make contact with an expert. If you are uncertain about some aspect, ask about it directly. I know that I am always ready to provide answers to any questions. I am willing to provide a free sample on a piece of the manuscript, so peers can determine my abilities. I do not think I am alone in this, by any means.
Go ahead and take the first step to make contact with an expert. It will almost certainly lead to a better manuscript for publication; something in which both the peer and expert will take pride.