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Supporting Research Writing by Valerie Matarese

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The authors’ editor: working with authors to make drafts fit for purpose

Joy Burrough-Boenisch and Valerie Matarese

Abstract

Authors’ editors do language and substantive editing for authors on texts that are not yet fit for purpose, which, for research papers, is publication in peer-reviewed journals. The authors’ editor helps authors achieve their publishing goals, by improving format, grammar, style, technical precision, argumentation and language efficiency. Rather than simply correct manuscripts, the authors’ editor dialogues with authors, through notes in the text and by other means, to inform, query and elicit revision. This chapter describes how authors’ editors in non-anglophone countries edit to give authors a credible and authoritative ...

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