Before circulating a draft of an article to a group of reviewers, you may want to first go through it with the bulletin’s editor (if there are several, one of them, or the one who dealt with the outline) and revise it. When this is not feasible, you can act as your own editor after two or three nights of good sleep. The aim is to check the article carefully:
• how well does it correspond to the intended outline?
• do the documentation, analysis and the arguments used seem correct?
• does the article seem to be adapted to readers’ needs?
• is it well presented and not too difficult to read?
This first step avoids hostile reactions from external reviewers caused by circulating inadequate drafts. Reviewers may be distracted or irritated by mistakes or simple errors that could have been corrected beforehand.