Book: Text Type and Texture
Chapter: Thematic content in peer reviews of scientific papers
Gosden is concerned with helping novice research writers to handle more confidently the process of submitting papers for publication in international journals. He argues that it is particularly important for the novice writers to develop a sense of the motivation behind referees’ comments in responding to reviews. With a better understanding of the peer review genre, prospective authors may be able to frame their replies to referees’ criticisms more effectively. One way of guiding them towards this understanding is through raising awareness of the importance of the thematic content of referees’ comments. Gosden demonstrates this approach through an analysis of the Theme choices in a corpus of peer reviews of scientific papers.