-Tell us a few words about yourself, field of study, where are you based, etc.
I am a researcher at Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia – Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, México (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Yucatán). I teach animal nutrition at undergraduate and posgraduated level. My research topics include: animal nutrition, feed evaluation, nutritional ecology, focused in ruminant species such as sheep and goats and cattle; however, I do work with other species from time to time in collaboration with my colleagues.
-How was your overall experience finding & contacting an expert through Peerwith?
I read the news about Peerwith and thought it was an excellent idea. Previously, I have used editing services from other companies and the quality was variable. I am sure it was due to the results of the work made by the expert to which the work was sent which surely was different each time. We do not have guarantees that the experts are the best qualified to edit our work.
The main reasons I like Peerwith from the beginning was the possibility to directly select and contact the experts so I can provide feedback and clarify doubts with the possibility to work with the chosen experts again. Also, not less important was what I thought of the idea to pay directly to the experts for their work. Best of all, the rates have been affordable. I have worked with two experts so far, with excellent results. Surely work with them again.
-What was the main benefit for you using this platform and getting directly in touch with expert? How did it help to achieve your goals?
Choosing the experts according to their field of expertise is surely a plus. They can understand the topic better and provide the best language possibly to convey an idea. Also, they understand methodological aspects and can help to clarify their description, surely all this aspects increase the possibility of getting a paper accepted as the reviewer would focus on paper quality and not language issues. Being from a country where English is not our native language, it is almost a fact that all papers would be returned with a sort of a comment “make it revise by a native speaker”.
-Would you recommend Peerwith to others?
Certainly. In fact, I have started to promote with my colleagues and students when they ask what language service I am using. As a relatively new service, certainly people can hesitate before using a service, however I always explain how easy it is, and above all, the quality of the service and their advantages as outlined before.
-Do you have any suggestions for us (Peerwith) to further improve the platform?
Please allow multiple file uploading. Both, ourselves and experts can only upload 1 file with any given message. It can be frustrating at times when you forget that such limitation exist.