Giving Helpful Feedback on Draft Research Papers and Reports
Commenting on draft papers and reports is an important, if unglamorous role. It stimulates collective discussion and builds capacity and networks both within and between organizations. Constructive feedback can make all the difference to the quality of research publications and the morale of those involved.
Part of Oxfam’s Research Guidelines series, this guideline provides concise advice on how to give helpful feedback on drafts and make the most of what can otherwise be a frustrating process. It includes tips on how to engage effectively with authors and editors, and what to avoid, in order to make research relationships and communication work. This paper was originally written in 2016 by Duncan Green and was updated by Martin Walsh in March 2019.
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