A Guide for Future Research, Collaboration and Review Writing
Edited by Deborah E. de Lange
Chapter 1: Writing a Professional Academic Article Review
Deborah E. de Lange A professional review is different from those we learn to do at earlier stages of our academic training. Early on, PhDs are learning how to wade through the complications of the research. Most PhD programs train academics to critique articles in the area in which they are building their expertise. The approach may be more or less structured and is often unwritten and practiced in PhD seminars through discussion. The approaches are similar because they are ultimately teaching students not only to become good reviewers, but also to know what the ingredients and structure of the quality research articles are that they will be expected to produce. So, while they usually informally discuss and may write rough note critiques, the reviews are almost never written for an audience in a professional manner. Book reviews are usually found in academic journals and they are the best available examples of what a professional review looks like, but books are different from articles. So, when I asked the contributors to this compendium to produce reviews, I asked them to include the components of a research article critique and gave them example book reviews to suggest that they write their journal article reviews to be interesting to an audience based on the style of the book reviews. After all, they would all need to read each others’ reviews in order to review a great deal of literature in a short period of time and come to consensus about where the...
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