Define Commentary Essay Tips

They fed off each other and were great pals away from the commentary box. The Sun (2016)We made changes to our commentary team in light of legaladvice. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Radio commentary sets are provided for the blind and partially sighted, while sound reinforcement systems aid the hearingimpaired. The Sun (2017)He used to go to the games, a radio in his pocket with a live commentary coming through his earphones. Times, Sunday Times (2017)And that was just in the commentary box. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Often these editionscome with long and informativeintroductory essays and extended commentaries.Marius, Richard A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)There is much politics and social commentary in this show. Times, Sunday Times (2007)This is a sumptuously filmed series and the commentary is informed and wellread. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They should stick to just giving a commentary on the game. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But in a live broadcast commentary on a footballmatch? Times, Sunday Times (2014)Follow the action with our live commentary. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Somehow people had found ways to listen to the radio commentary. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The result is more social commentary than sciencefiction. Times, Sunday Times (2007)She listens to a local radio commentary during games. The Sun (2014)And the social commentary is telling. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We went back to the car with about threelaps to go so that we could hear radio commentary of the finish. Times, Sunday Times (2009)There is no facingItalian text or detailed commentary. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)One such book is his commentary on Luke. Christianity Today (2000)Follow all the action with our text commentary from 8pm timesonline. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Tune into our live commentary from 9am. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I watched from the commentary box amazed at his dedication and concentration. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Sky's Test match commentary team embrace a widerange of differentcharacters. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Various magazinescame and went, specialising in poetry, criticism and social commentary. Times, Sunday Times (2014)At the'invisible' side of the stage two characters provided a running commentary on the show. Times, Sunday Times (2008)And the Formula One commentary teams. The Sun (2013)There is some commentary on Romaniansociety here for those who want it, but the film is chiefly a study of the trials of marriage and parenthood. Times, Sunday Times (2009)

narration, report, review, explanation

analysis, notes, review, critique

explanation, illustration, exposition, annotation

More Synonyms of commentary

Guidelines for writing a commentary

Carina Berterö


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Copyright © 2016 C. Berterö

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Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2016; 11: 10.3402/qhw.v11.31390.

Published online 2016 Mar 11. doi:  10.3402/qhw.v11.31390

A commentary is a comment on a newly published article. A commentary may be invited by the chief editor or spontaneously submitted. Commentaries in International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being are peer reviewed. We now welcome commentaries!

What is a commentary?

The goal of publishing commentaries is to advance the research field by providing a forum for varying perspectives on a certain topic under consideration in the journal. The author of a commentary probably has in-depth knowledge of the topic and is eager to present a new and/or unique viewpoint on existing problems, fundamental concepts, or prevalent notions, or wants to discuss the implications of a newly implemented innovation. A commentary may also draw attention to current advances and speculate on future directions of a certain topic, and may include original data as well as state a personal opinion. While a commentary may be critical of an article published in the journal, it is important to maintain a respectful tone that is critical of ideas or conclusions but not of authors.

In summary, a commentary may be:

  1. A critical challenge to one or more aspects of the focal article, arguing for a position other than that taken in the focal article.

  2. An elaboration or extension of the position taken in the focal article, basically sympathetic to the position taken in the focal article but pushing the argument further.

  3. An application of a theoretical or methodological perspective that sheds light on the issues addressed in the focal article.

  4. A reflection on the writer's experiences in applying the issues addressed in the focal article, in particular health and well-being settings.

  5. A comment on the applicability of the issues raised in the focal article to other settings, or to other cultures.

How to write a commentary

Commentaries in International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being should not exceed 10 manuscript pages. A tightly argued four- to six-page commentary is likely to be better received than a meandering 10-page ditto. Use these simple guidelines:

  • Do not summarize the focal article; just give the reference. Assume the reader has just read it. Move directly to identifying the key issues you want to raise.

  • Do not include general praise for the focal article.

  • Use only essential citations. For commentary purposes, cite only works absolutely essential to support your point.

  • Use a short title that emphasizes your key message. (It should be clear in context that all commentaries are a reaction to a particular paper).

  • Do not include an abstract.

  • Make clear your take-home message.

  • Make sure there is full author information (name, affiliation, address, phone, email) for all authors. Authors must be individuals.

Review process

Commentaries will be peer reviewed and most likely accepted if they are in line with the definitions and guidelines outlined. A small set of reviewers will read and evaluate all commentaries as they need to compare commentaries for issues of redundancy and to make evaluations of relative merit.

Queries for the editor

Authors should feel free to correspond with the chief editor prior to submitting a commentary if there are questions about any aspect of the evaluation and publication process. Authors may prepare a brief outline of the key points they desire to present in the commentary and send it to the chief editor.

Does it cost anything to submit a commentary?

Spontaneously submitted commentaries incur a cost of €65 per typeset page. The author will be invoiced once the commentary has been accepted for publication.

We hope you will send us a commentary whenever you think there is a need to broaden the perspectives on health and well-being presented in our journal.

Carina Berterö

Articles from International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being are provided here courtesy of Taylor & Francis

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