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6. Assessing Presentation

Readability

First Impression

First impressions are crucial for readers. Consider the beginning of the paper you are reviewing.

  • Are the title and abstract accurate – in other words, do they reflect the study clearly and realistically? Are they concise and interesting?
  • Is the introduction accessible and readable? Is the thesis (or hypothesis) immediately clear?
  • Does the introduction sufficiently cover (and reference) the existing literature that acts as a foundation for the authors’ study?

If the title, abstract, or introduction could be improved, then detail your recommendations to the authors in your review comments.

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