Scientific editing: a many-level task

B42ART Editing an English language document

Editing your paper or article has to be done at different levels.  Dawn Field wrote on the Oxford University Press (OUP) blog this week that there are four main stages:

  1. Scientific editing
  2. Developmental (or structural) editing
  3. Line editing
  4. Proof editing

Most important is the scientific editing where, among others, there is the “determination of the value of the scientific content”, whether the targeting is correct, whether there’s enough evidence to support the interpretations, whether the argumentation is logical.

Read Dawn’s full blog post here

Key success factor of good writing: Organisation

Organisation is a key success factor of a wel-written text

The key success factor of a good text is good language. Right?

Not necessarily so. Many texts I see, be they research papers, journal articles or theses, contain some pretty impressive vocabulary and have complex sentences which are mostly grammatically correct. However, often they do not make sense. It’s a challenge to understand the messages and, as a reader, I am soon lost in a convoluted labyrinth of words. While all the correct words are in place , there is a lack of structure, organization and navigation. Too often we as writers are so focused on making sure we cover the numerous chunks of information we’ve found that we fail to orientate out readers, take them by the hand, and carefully guide them through our argumentation.

You need outlines. I swear by outlines.  At the start of your project you will be buzzing with ideas Continue reading

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