Peerwith is a unique peer-to-peer platform for author services, matching academics seeking support for their work, with experts who can help with language editing and translation, format and design, consulting, or whatever else scientists need. Peerwith offers academics the advantages of a marketplace by bringing clients directly in contact with freelancers or other experts. And by cutting out the unnecessary middleman, we can create more transparent, affordable, and in the end, better services.
In a series of interviews, we will highlight the advantages of Peerwith by letting our clients speak for themselves. Our first interview is with Bing-Hong Huang from Taiwan.
Please tell us about yourself
My name is Bing-Hong Huang, and I’m a PhD student at the Department of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University. My interests are plant specialization and molecular evolution of plant functional genes.
How did you find out about Peerwith?
I read about Peerwith on Nature. As I really liked the idea of a platform where I could get in direct contact with experts, I thought I’d give it a try and so I posted a request for editing a research paper.
Who did you connect with, and why?
In the end I chose Dr. Murray Hay, a researcher and editor from Canada. I decided to work with him because he has experience in the same field as my research, and listed reasonable charges. By checking out his bio on ResearchGate, I could clearly see that he had both the academic background as well as the editing skills to improve my article. Which he did!
What did you think of the website?
Pretty easy. Placing a request only takes a few minutes. It is easy to sign up using your Mendeley or Google account. You get quotes from experts the same day, and as you can check out their reviews and profile pages on for example ResearchGate and Linkedin, you get a good feeling for who they are and what they can do for you. It was actually quite fun to correspond with experts from all around the world!
What would you say are the biggest advantages of Peerwith?
Direct contact with experts is a great thing. It really helps being able to communicate with the people who engage with your work. Choosing an expert according to budget is also really beneficial. For these reasons, you can ensure you are teaming up with the right expert. After all, after many months of hard work, you want to be absolutely sure your manuscript in the right hands. Another great advantage about Peerwith is that you can easily re-connect with experts you worked with before. As they know you and your work, this saves a lot of time and hassle.
Will you use Peerwith again?
As a matter of fact, I already did! I just had my second paper edited by Murray. And my professor was also impressed with his work, so I expect more to come. In fact, I was so happy with Peerwith that I decided to become an ambassador.
What tips do you have for other researchers?
Just try it. There is every chance that you will develop long-lasting relationships with experts who can help you throughout your career, to be more successful