It’s quite easy to merge all your critiques into one document with each editor’s changes, suggestions, and comments highlighted in a different colour and labelled with their name or initials. Always make backup copies of your documents, though, just in case.
Select one critiqued manuscript to be your base document and save it with a filename that reflects this status.
In Word 2007/10: Click Review, Compare, Combine
In Word 2003: Tools, Compare and Merge Documents...
Select your base document in the first box and the next critique in the second box.
You can either use your name, or a term like “Auto” to assign to the unmarked changes. This simply means that anything that Word needs to change, such as reinserting a word that one reviewer has deleted, will be labelled with this term.
|Combine or merge documents - Word 2007|
Word may also prompt you to select one file to serve as the formatting template if one of your reviewers made formatting changes.
Save the combined file and close any panes that you don’t require. Word will give you the option to view both originals in addition to the merged file and a reviewing pane. This can look cluttered if you have a small screen.
If you have further critiques to add, repeat this process until all documents have been merged into the base document. You can now review and compare all your critiques at the same time. I like to keep one copy of this document unchanged for future reference and I save another version to accept or reject the changes and make my own edits.
This is a handy way to compare what each of your reviewers has to say about your manuscript and make all the changes required in one go.
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