to know the Peerwith experts episode #2
They get very high ratings for a reason:
the experts on Peerwith are great at what they do. We feel that human
interaction is really important in science collaboration and to help you to get
to know the experts a little better we asked them to answer a few questions. We
will regularly post their replies on this blog.
Joanna, FEMS expert, MSc in biotechnology, PhD in biological
sciences and full-time editor.
What are the
benefits of offering your services via Peerwith?
I signed up
with Peerwith late last year, i.e., shortly after it was conceived. I
enjoy the personal aspect of the connections, being able to chat to Clients
during the completion of assignments, to gauge what it is
specifically that they are after. There is no cookie cutter way of
approaching editing, especially substantive editing, and people’s
expectations are different. Ultimately, it is the Client who decides on
the final shape of their work, I am there to help them. Having
this dialogue is therefore beneficial to both parties. Also, I keep
in touch with some of my Clients after the assignments have
been completed and so I know when the papers that we’ve been working on have
been accepted for publication. This gives me a great sense
of satisfaction because I feel like I am
really making a difference.
What is the best request you received via
I have had
almost 30 connections on Peerwith to date, and each was unique and
interesting. I think that I got the biggest satisfaction from my first
ever connection, with Sebastian. He was happy to recommend the service to
others (in the Nature
article; http://www.nature.com/news/the-manuscript-editing-marketplace-1.19457) and I was
happy to get such a good feedback.
Do you have any tips for authors, do you see
recurring mistakes in manuscripts?
experience, the most common “mistake”, and also one that is not easy
to overcome, is that of addressing the paper
to a highly specialised audience (read: your own research
group), assuming detailed background knowledge from the reader. Authors
tend to find it difficult to dissociate themselves from their work.
This leads to insufficient presentation of rationale, omission of
experimental details, and apparent gaps in logic, ultimately affecting
the overall impact of the manuscript. One way to alleviate that is to
have the paper read by a colleague from a different lab, or a Peerwith editor
(ahem), who would be able to point out the missing info.
Do you have any plans for the holidays?
many others, I will spend half of the holidays at home and half traveling,
meeting up with family members and friends. I am looking forward to
catching up with everyone, eating nice food, exchanging gifts,
and having a small break.
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
usually jot down my resolutions for the upcoming year, but I know that
I’ll strive to continue to do my job (editing) to the best of my ability
and keep assisting fellow scientists in conveying their science and
ideas in the best possible way. Happy holidays, Everyone!
Joanna offers her services in: Scientific
editing, Translation services, Language editing, Copy editing, Funding
application support, Publication support, Peer review and Thesis services.