The Beneficial Process of Editorial Criticism and Authorial Revision | Tips on How to Get Your Research Published
It is perhaps rare for scientific and academic authors to see the criticism of their writing offered by acquisitions editors as part of a positive process, especially if the problems highlighted by that criticism are preventing a manuscript from being published. However, when viewed in the best light and used to its full potential, this kind of feedback can in fact be the beginning of an extremely beneficial process for both the rejected manuscript and its author. Even a brief assessment of the critical possibilities will suggest how much good can come of the challenges facing the scholarly author who is working towards successful publication.
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• Criticism of content by qualified editors and peer reviewers can focus an academic or scientific author’s attention on issues that he or she had not considered before, and the result can be a more effective presentation and analysis of the research.
• Criticism of language tends to highlight errors, awkward constructions, confusing explanations, undefined uses of obscure terminology and many other elements that mar a report of otherwise sound research. If these problems are present in a scholarly author’s writing, he or she needs to know about them and correct them in order to communicate research with precision and sophistication.
• In cases of problems in content or language, it is essential to remember that publishing poorly written or unsound scholarship can be detrimental to a successful academic or scientific career. The painful process of having the problems identified and working to fix them before publication is therefore absolutely necessary for any serious scholar.
• Many authors do not proofread, edit and revise their own writing enough to describe their research with absolute accuracy, refine the textual presentation of the ideas they explore and develop, or recognise that there may be entirely different and more effective ways of presenting the same information. Learning to see one’s own writing as changeable – a woven text that can be unravelled and rewoven – is a valuable experience for any scholar who plans to be a serious author as well.
• Criticism earned by neglecting to follow with precision and consistency the publisher guidelines or author instructions regarding manuscript structure, editorial styles, documentation methods and many other elements of academic and scientific prose can force even the most reluctant author to examine those guidelines closely and figure out how to apply them properly. This is a productive exercise for any aspiring author.
• When an author responds to editorial criticism by assessing and revising his or her writing in the hope of resubmission and ultimate acceptance, communication with the press is usually necessary. Communicating with editors about your own writing in an objective and flexible way that benefits your work while addressing the publisher’s concerns can be a challenging act of diplomacy. Experience is the best teacher here, and what you learn will serve you well in future situations.
• Finally, in many cases the feedback of acquisitions editors and peer reviewers must be analysed, the manuscript assessed and revised as well as proofread and edited, and correspondence about changes and resubmission negotiated with a publisher within an extremely short period of time. The deadlines may approach very quickly, especially for a scholar with an already busy schedule, but working under pressure to short deadlines is another excellent skill to master and then apply to many aspects of a successful academic or scientific career.
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