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Table 1 Native-English-speaking author's editors' perceptions of the usefulness of feedback from journal gatekeepers about the language. Questionnaire survey, October 2007. N = 25, response rate 40%.

From: Content and communication: How can peer review provide helpful feedback about the writing?

Total number of manuscripts handled Percentage of manuscripts with complaints about the language or writing Percentage of correct comments or changes Percentage of incorrect comments or changes
20 60 40 60
50 10 70 30
100 10–20 80–90 10–20
200 5 75 25
300 5–10 0 100
300 5 50 25
>300 <10 30 10
1200 2–3 75 25
3000 30 50 50
3000 <10 Occasional 0
Several thousand Very common   Oftena
Range 5–60 0–90 0–100
Mean 15.5b 46.2c 32.3d
Mode 10 50–75 25
  1. a Data from this respondent were not included in the descriptive statistical analysis.
  2. b <10 was entered as 10; the value midway between the two extremes was entered when a range of values was given.
  3. c Occasional was entered as 50, the value midway between the two extremes was entered when a range of values was given.
  4. d The value midway between the two extremes was entered when a range of values was given.