This blog discusses five essential information editors need during the editing and proofreading processes. To give you an opportunity to practice proofreading, we have left a few spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors in the text. See if you can spot them! If you spot the errors correctly, you will be entitled to a 10% discount.
After writing your manuscript, you may likely decide on an editor to perform the final checks on your document. Mostly, authors make the mistake of sending their manuscripts to their editors, without providing adequate information about specifications on the service they seek. With such limited information, your editor may produce an unsatisfactory job with limited information at his/her disposal. You have more to benefit from an editing or proofreading service if you provide adequate information. Every manuscript should comply with unique specifications based on several factors, which may include the target journal, referencing style, and language. Thus, to ensure that your editors provide the best possible service, which will prevent journals from rejecting your manuscripts on the grounds of non-compliance to journal requirements, the following information should be provided beforehand.
1-Information on the Type of Service: Editing or Proofreading?
First, editors should receive information about the desired type of service. Editing and proofreading are different, although they have similarities.
Primarily, the main purpose of proofreading service is to correct all errors in grammar, typography, punctuation, syntax, and spelling in a manuscript whereas the purpose of editing service is to improve the overall quality of writing by enhancing the flow, readability, and structure.
Failure to indicate the desired service may result in the editor proofreading your manuscript when your manuscript should be edited or vice-versa. Moreover, you may even end up paying more than required for your desired service. If an editor receives this information, he/she will provide the demanded service. To prevent a situation where your editor reverts your manuscripts with comments that suggesting you subscribed for a service not appropriate for your manuscript, you can work with your editor/proofreader to settle on the appropriate service to choose. Sometimes, the recommended service may exceed your budget. Hence, it is best to collaborate with your editor to receive the best service.
2- Editors Need Information on Sections to be Edited
A typical manuscript comprises sections, such as abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references, tables, figures, and legends. Mostly, editors focus on the main sections, neglecting other sections, such as title page, keywords, references, legends, and tables. All other sections, regardless of their length, are important to the whole manuscript and should be paid enough attention. In a case where you feel certain sections should be excluded to decrease the cost of service or prevent any unsolicited revisions, inform your editor beforehand.
3-Information on Target Journal and Style Guide
Most importantly, inform your editor about the target journal and style guide. Some authors intend to send a particular copy of a manuscript to different journals. As a result, they mostly fail to provide their editors with information about their target journals. Various journals have different preferences and specific demands for formatting, language, and structure. While one journal may prefer APA for formatting, another may prefer the Vancouver style. In the best case, provide a link to the journal’s website for easy access to the journal’s information.
Sometimes, certain journals may have similar names as others. In such instances, you should be careful to indicate your target journal’s accurate name or web link. Also, your editor will notify you about other demands from your target journal, if you miss them. If you are uncertain about which journal to publish with, consult your editor. He/she, based on his/her subject-matter expertise, may help you decide on the best journal appropriate for your manuscript.
4-Editors Need Information on Referencing Style
Tied to the target journal is the referencing style. Different journals require different referencing styles. The decision to use APA, MLA, Harvard, or other referencing styles lies with the target journal. Since most clients fail to provide information about the target journal to editors, the editors struggle to format the citation and reference lists to particular styles. Mostly, the reference lists are submitted with a mixture of different referencing styles—a practice that is unacceptable in academic writing. By due diligence, inform your editor about the referencing style to use to help him/her revise your citations and reference lists with a consistent style.
5- Language: American English or British English?
Finally, you must be clear on the type of proofing language to use. English, as is widely spoken and written, possesses nuances based on country conventions. Most times, clients submit their manuscripts with a mixture of these language types. This renders the editor confused about which language to use for consistency.
For academic writing, most journals require either American or British English. Most professional editors are abreast and skilled at detecting these nuances. Without this information, editors may revise your manuscript to suit a particular type of English that may not be required by your target journal.
Here is an example showing why preferred English is of importance. As we know, there are two punctuation systems, which are called American style (or North American Style) and British style. The usage of single or double quotation mark is dependent on the preferred type of English in your manuscript. For instance, American English requires using double quotes consistently for all conditions where quotation marks may be needed. However, British English requires single quotation marks. Hence, the author should be conscious of the language to make the correct use of single or double punctuation marks. To see the common punctuation errors in academic essays, click here.
Also, in American English, a comma is added before and after Latin abbreviations such as e.g., etc., i.e., while a comma is inserted before but not after i.e. in British English. To ensure that you receive the best value, you should provide your editor with extensive information on the details of the service to be provided. Remember your manuscript may not be the only one on your editor’s desk. Thus, at first hand, provide every necessary detail to make your editor’s work easy. With such information at our disposal, your editors at Best Edit & Proof are ready to provide the best service possible to ensure your manuscript is of high quality and ready for acceptance and publication by your target journal.
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