Why perform peer reviews? Does the peer review process have real world/professional connections? How, why, why not?
A peer review in my opinion allows us (as both the writer and the reader) to interpret and understand various strengths and weaknesses a paper might have. As a writer, looking at someone else’s paper may give insight on how to improve their diction or grammar based on your strengths or the other way around. As a reader, we must ask if the subject flows? or does it at least stay on topic and deliver every neccesary detail?
Peer reviews do indeed have real world connections for a number of reasons. On one hand, the nature of the activity encourages possible friendship as the people involved get to know one another in a sense. And on another hand, the critiquing and reviewing of one another’s work parallels some workplaces which allow for employees to look after each other’s job progress.