How To Review an Article
As a subject matter expert, it's your responsibility to review article content for factual accuracy. Our team and clients rely on your expertise to present an article that engages and informs readers.
When You Review an Article
SME review can come in different stages of an article's workflow.
Previously Published Articles
We review previously published articles to optimize the content and ensure the content is still accurate. The workflow for these articles is:
- SME Review: You review the current content and make comments on the updates or changes a writer should make.
- Writing: A writer revises the content based on your comments.
- SME Final Review: You review the writer's changes and ensure the details are correct.
Here's what the workflow looks like in Dante:
The dates might differ depending on the client and assignment.
When you're involved in new articles, you're probably going to be creating the outline and then reviewing the writer's work. The workflow looks like this:
- SME Outline: You create the outline.
- Writing: A writer uses your outline to create the content.
- SME Review: You review the writer's work.
Here's what it looks like in Dante:
How To Review an Article
Here's how to review an article as a subject matter expert:
- Check the SME review directions. The directions will notify you of any specific items to pay attention to in the article.
- Check for facts and statistics. Look for any information that pertains to your field and ensure the facts are correct. You are the subject matter expert, so it's your responsibility to fact-check.
- Look for qualifiers. These are words like "always," "sometimes," "may," or "will" that seem harmless but can alter the meaning of a statement or sentence. For example, "All peaches come from Georgia." Not all peaches come from Georgia, so a more suitable statement would be, "Many peaches come from Georgia," or, "Georgia produces many peaches."
- Don't focus on spelling, grammar, or style. You don't have to proofread at all- the editor will take care of that part!
How To Comment
It's crucial to make comments to show your work and help writers make the necessary changes. The commenting feature you'll probably use most is the in-line comment, which allows you to leave comments about specific facts or details in the assignment. Here's how to make in-line comments:
Highlight the text you want to comment on, then click on the speech bubble in the toolbar. A pop-up will appear when you can enter you comment. Once you're finished with your comment, click "Add Comment."
Your comment will appear in the sidebar.
For more information about the commenting feature, check out this article.
When To Make Edits, Edit Requests, and Comments
Here's when to comment, edit, and make edit requests:
You only need to focus on the facts and details in the assignment, so you can make small edits to the article if helps clarify the topic or correct an inaccuracy. You don't have to edit the article for spelling or grammar; that's the editor's job.
Make an edit request if you think it would take you more than one hour to review the assignment or if there are inaccuracies that require extensive rewriting.
Make comments on any changes you make. If you need the writer to make extensive revisions, add comments in the places where they should make changes.