Why an Editor Is Your Friend!

Excerpt from eContent Pro International

It takes time to increase proficiency in academic writing, whether you have a knack for words or cringe at the idea of stringing together research. It has its own set of rules: structure, university or publishing formatting requirements, reference style, literature components, a specific audience, and of course, the conventional items, like tone, syntax, punctuation, and grammar.

Compared to novelistic or personal writing, the academic writing process differs almost by its very nature because it deals with tying together complex theories, concrete research findings, and a variation of causal explanations rather than formulating a narrative.

Editors expect manuscripts to contain quality, thought-provoking research. Equally, they expect the writing to adhere to the traditional formalities of punctuation, grammar, syntax, and reference style.

Often, authors immerse themselves in their research articles and submit to a book or journal without having their content proofread and copyedited. With that said, we wanted to reach out to two Editors-in-Chief, Drs. Anabela Mesquita and Chia-Wen Tsai, of the highly respected International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, to talk about their outlook on and approach to poorly edited manuscripts.

The entire article (A Conversation with Editors-in-Chief of a Journal about the Role and Value of Copy Editing Services) is worth reading if you are writing academic or research papers, reports, or grants proposals and other requests for funding.

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