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About Enago | Rigorous Academic English Editing and Proofreading
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editing  language  france 
11 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Journal / Author Name Estimator
Have you recently written a paper, but you're not sure to which journal you should submit it? Or maybe you want to find relevant articles to cite in your paper? Or are you an editor, and do you need to find reviewers for a particular paper? Jane can help!

Just enter the title and/or abstract of the paper in the box, and click on 'Find journals', 'Find authors' or 'Find Articles'. Jane will then compare your document to millions of documents in PubMed to find the best matching journals, authors or articles.
editing  journals  search 
january 2019 by juliusbeezer | TRANsparency in Scholarly Publishing for Open Scholarship Evolution
TRANSPOSE is a grassroots initiative to build a crowdsourced database of journal policies. We’re focusing on three areas: open peer review, co-reviewing, and detailed preprinting policies. We welcome contributions from anyone, but seek verification from journals and publishers. Our goal is to foster new practices while increasing awareness among authors, editors, and other stakeholders, and we seek to provide resources to assist journals in setting, sharing, and clarifying their policies.
editing  writing  sciencepublishing 
december 2018 by juliusbeezer
Scientists struggle with confusing journal guidelines
Globally, more than two-thirds of researchers find it difficult to prepare manuscripts and to respond to peer-review comments, finds a survey of nearly 7,000 researchers from over 100 countries.

The issues may stem largely from language barriers, the report suggests (see ‘English-language barrier’). The online survey was designed to find out what issues researchers in non-English-speaking nations face when publishing in international journals to identify where more support or resources are needed.

Most respondents spoke English as a second language: only 11% had English as a first language and 45% said that they found it difficult to write in English.
editing  writing  sciencepublishing  english 
december 2018 by juliusbeezer
Reproducibility: let’s get it right from the start | Nature Communications
we will initially only request that source data be supplied with the revised versions of the manuscript, unless we feel that it would be particularly important for the reviewers to have access to these data at an earlier stage. However, we strongly encourage authors to lead the way in promoting transparency by making sure that their work fulfils or exceeds our criteria right from the start. Here are four simple steps you can take to give your paper the best possible chance of flying through peer review:
editing  peerreview  opendata 
october 2018 by juliusbeezer
Editorial & publishing policies | Nature Communications
Please see authors & referees @ npg for detailed information about author and referee services and publication policies of the Nature family of journals. These journals, including Nature Communications, share a number of common policies including the following:
october 2018 by juliusbeezer
Inside the Daily Stormer’s Style Guide
The style guide is surprisingly fastidious about formatting. Links must not “stretch into the spacing between words.” Images must be exactly three hundred and twenty pixels wide, to avoid anything “aesthetically problematic.” Each post “should be filled with as much visual stimulation as possible,” in order to “appeal to the ADHD culture”; passages from mainstream sources must be unaltered, so that “we can never be accused of ‘fake news’—or delisted by Facebook as such.”

One section is called, simply, “No Such Thing as Too Much Hyperbole.” “Even when a person can say to themselves ‘this is ridiculous,’ they are still affected by it on an emotional level,” the guide says. “Refer to teenagers who get arrested for racist Twitter posts as ‘eternally noble warriors bravely fighting for divine war to protect the blood heritage of our sacred ancestors’. . . . You and anyone reading can say omg corny lol. But it just doesn’t matter to the primitive part of the brain.”
editing  politics  us  internet  socialmedia 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
Article use: from cognitive salience to discourse differentiation – EFL Notes
a description of final state article use that was formulated by William Diver – the founder of Columbia School linguistics which is a sign-based functional linguistics account. A sign is a pairing of a signal with its meaning.

In Diver’s account the/a signals a need to differentiate referents in a piece of discourse while the Ø zero article signals no such need. The signal is used when there is enough information available to differentiate referents and a/an signal is used when there is insufficient information available to differentiate referents. For the Ø zero article four communicative reasons are given:
english  grammar  editing  français  fren  teaching  language  jbcomment 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Ten simple rules for structuring papers
Because you are the world’s leading expert at exactly what you are doing, you are also the world’s least qualified person to judge your writing from the perspective of the naïve reader. The majority of writing mistakes stem from this predicament. Think like a designer—for each element, determine the impact that you want to have on people and then strive to achieve that objective [4]. Try to think through the paper like a naïve reader who must first be made to care about the problem you are addressing (see Rule 6) and then will want to understand your answer with minimal effort.
writing  editing  scholarly 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Language and Academic Identity: Using English at Universities and in Research
What do people think about their own use of English and other people's use of English and how English is tied to identity and image are the main questions of this paper.
Why is it important?

English is a language of communication as well as a language of identification in the scientific community. Currently, English has more status and prestige in the scientific community than other languages and attaches to the user the image of being a successful, international, bilingual or multilingual member of the scientific community.
english  editing  scholarly  international  identity  sciencepublishing 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Steps to writing a scientific paper based on model results – @KenCaldeira
10. Before submission, double check that the main story of the paper can be obtained by reading (1) the abstract, (2) the first paragraph, (3) the last paragraph, and (4) the figure captions. This is already more than what most ‘readers’ of your paper will actually read. Only experts will read the entire paper. Most readers will just want the idea of the paper and the basic results.
sciencepublishing  writing  editing  scholarly 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Good translators don’t translate alone | Translator’s Teacup translation blog by Rose Newell, translator and copywriter, Berlin
The first few times I experimented with quality revision by this skilled colleague, I gulped a bit at the cost. But I felt so humbled by what came back – mistakes I could never have spotted or improvements I could never have made without the help of the reviewer – that I felt I had to continue working this way, even if it cost me more…

I upped my rates to compensate, and found most clients were fine with closer to 30-33 cents, which is where my rates also stayed for a long time.

Nowadays, I’m at around 40-47 cents per word on average, and I don’t think I’d have got there without the reviewer – or the engaged approach to discussing all potential issues with the reviewer, my husband (the German-native), colleagues (English-natives, German-natives, and translators in both directions), educated non-linguist users of English who are based in the target country (my parents and certain friends – not all!), and – naturally – the client.
translation  business  editing  proofreading  reviews 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
The case for consistent use of medical eponyms by eliminating possessive forms
Unfortunately, despite criticisms, the possessive forms of medical eponyms remain in common use (e.g., Down’s syndrome rather than Down syndrome). Inconsistency in the use of eponyms in medical literature poses a problem not only to scholarly writing, but also to medical education [2]. Whereas the possessive form was applied nearly universally to medical literature from 1960s until the early 1970s [3], arguments both for and against the use of possessive medical eponyms emerged in the mid-1970s. Since then, however, there has been a slow move away from the use of possessive medical eponyms. “Stigler’s law of eponymy” from 1980 stated that no scientific discovery should be named after its original discoverer [3]. In addition, the World Health Organization in 2004 and the American Medical Association in 2007 advocated for eliminating the possessive form [4, 5].
editing  medicine 
march 2018 by juliusbeezer
Drawing of the Month: What does open access bring to researche...
Guillaume Monnain is a master graduate in biotechnology and in business management school. After 13 years in health industry, he decided to share his passion: science communication!

During his scientific studies, the part he appreciated the most was the realization of drawings and sketches: without being artistic, they allowed once well labeled to memorize and to explain the classes in a blink of an eye. So, he created AKENIUM, a scientific communication and vulgarization agency.

He offers solutions that improve the understanding, accessibility and attractiveness of your scientific content. Illustrations, Live-sketching, Vidéoscribing and much more. Thanks to the drawings, add a touch of playfulness to your communication!
translation  editing  openaccess 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
Restructured abstracts for research in The BMJ | The BMJ
This issue marks a shift in the way research articles will be presented in the print edition of The BMJ. We will continue to publish the definitive, unabridged version of accepted research papers online, with open access and no word limits. These articles will then be summarised for print in a newly designed, streamlined abstract format.
sciencepublishing  editing 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Fat outlines help you write without anxiety (Ask Dr. Wobs) - without bullshit
A fat outline is a rough but meaty document that you use to organize your content before writing. In contrast to a regular outline, which includes only headings, a fat outline includes as many of the following as you can assemble, all in rough and unfinished form:

Potential text of titles, subtitles, and headings. You can include alternate versions of these if you want.
Possible opening sentences of sections.
Turns of phrase that have occurred to you.
Names and key bits of information from interviews or case studies.
Anything else you feel like throwing in.

You can think of it as the “zeroth draft” — a draft you do before the first actual draft of what you write.
writing  sciencepublishing  editing 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Top tip for Open Access Week – SHERPA Services - Library
Will the journal I want to publish in let me make my article freely available?

Use SHERPA ROMEO to search for journal policies on copyright and self-archiving in repositories. There is a handy colour coding system – a green ROMEO journal is one that supports archiving of all versions of your article including the final publisher PDF.

Does my research funder have an open access requirement?

Use SHERPA JULIET to find out if you should choose an open access journal, archive your article in a repository, or both.

Which journals are compatible with my funder’s open access policy?

Use SHERPA FACT for a quick answer.
openaccess  sciencepublishing  authorship  journals  editing 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Language Log » Worthless grammar edicts from Harvard
Harvard econ students, rise up: ignore everything Greg Mankiw says about grammar and throw your copy of The Elements of Style away. I don't mean you should write wordy waffle or violate his style requirements; but I am saying that this nonsense about avoid the passive construction and staying away from adverbs is junk. Check out Greg's own writing if you don't believe me.

I couldn't summon enough interest or time to do more research than download the first paper on his Harvard website (a presidential address called "Spreading the Wealth Around: Reflections Inspired by Joe the Plumber"), and check for passives and adverbs. The first passive clause is in the second half of his title; the second is in the third sentence of the abstract ("how the tax system should be designed); the third paragraph of the main text has the next passive clause ("tax cuts signed into law by President Bush"); I won't go on. His third paragraph has the first adverb ("I fully expect the issue to remain at the center of political debate"), and the fourth paragraph brings a bunch more ("perhaps more important"; "slowly and steadily continue to rise"; "suddenly read Milton Friedman's book")… It is pointless to spend more time on this. Greg Mankiw can't tell how many passives or adverbs he is using. He uses them whenever he thinks they feel right. So should you.
writing  editing  grammar  funny 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Oops! - Academia Obscura
Even after sinking hours of labour into it there are bound to be some miner errors.

References to ‘screwed data’ and a ‘screwed distribution’ have not stopped a 2004 paper in the International Journal of Obesity from garnering over 300 citations. Likewise, a group of Japanese researchers concluded: ‘There were no significunt differences in the IAA content of shoots or roots between mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants’. The paper has racked up 22 citations in spite of the significunt slipup.

An unintentionally honest method appears in another paper, where the authors state: ‘In this study, we have used (insert statistical method here) to compile unique DNA methylation signatures.’

A couple of cringeworthy blunders have drawn the attention of the academic community in recent years. The Gabor scandal started when an internal author note was accidentally included in the final published version of an ecology paper:

Although association preferences documented in our study theoretically could be a consequence of either mating or shoaling preferences in the different female groups investigated (should we cite the crappy Gabor paper here?), shoaling preferences are unlikely drivers of the documented patterns…

The comment was added following peer review during the revision process and unfortunately slipped through the cracks in subsequent rounds of editing.
editing  peerreview  funny 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Quotation Marks and Direct Quotations : Quotations
Which view should we prefer? I certainly prefer the logical view, and, in a perfect world, I would simply advise you to stick to this view. However, it is a fact that very many people have been taught the conventional view and adhere to it rigorously. Many of these people occupy influential positions — for example, quite a few of them are copy-editors for major publishers. Consequently, if you try to adhere to the logical view, you are likely to encounter a good deal of resistance. The linguist Geoff Pullum, a fervent advocate of the logical view, once got so angry at copy-editors who insisted on reshuffling his carefully placed punctuation that he wrote an article called `Punctuation and human freedom' (Pullum 1984). Here is one of his examples, first with logical punctuation:
english  grammar  editing  language  writing 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Lymphome. L'étude nantaise dans le New England Journal of Medecine. Info -
Le New England journal of Medecine, première revue scientifique mondiale, vient de publier le résultat d’une étude sur le traitement du lymphome à cellules du manteau. Une étude coordonnée par le professeur Steven Le Gouill, du service d’hématologie du CHU de Nantes. Une avancée dans la prolongation de la survie des patients.

Les lymphomes sont des cancers du sang se développant dans le tissu lymphatique. Il s'agit de cancers relativement fréquents puisqu'ils se placent en France au 6e rang des cancers. Le lymphome à cellules du manteau est une forme rare de lymphome (6% des lymphomes) et tire son nom d’une zone située dans les ganglions et que l’on appelle la zone du manteau. C’est dans cette zone que se trouvent les cellules cancéreuses dans cette maladie.
nantes  editing  business 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
I’m the Irish guy who writes for ‘Charlie Hebdo’
It was at this point that I got involved with Charlie Hebdo. Among the writers and artists who came to the magazine’s aid was the novelist Marie Darrieussecq. Mobilised by rage and dismay, she gathered some French writers and brought a posse with her. She kept a horse for me, and I will never stop being grateful to her.

Without hesitation I accepted her offer that I write for them. Without hesitation? I nearly bit her hand off.

Not everyone accepted. I can understand someone not doing it out of safety concerns, for themselves or their families. There were also those who refused for other reasons: to wait to see how the wind of opinion blew or to gauge the level of public support. I understand them, too, but I don’t much love them.
Don’t care

I got on board in late January and my first article appeared on February 20th. I share a column with Marie Darrieussecq and Yannick Haenel, and my work appears every two or three weeks.

What do I write about in Charlie? Typically and terrifyingly, they don’t really care. They’ll spike bullshit, and they’re total bastards about length, but apart from that it’s very much, “Go on. Knock yourself out. Take it out for a spin and see what it can do.”
CharlieHebdo  writing  editing  journalism 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Impact of Social Sciences – Why has submitting a manuscript to a journal become so difficult? A call to simplify an overly complicated process
For those authors ready to submit their paper, we have prepared a checklist of 20 possible requirements for submitting to a journal papers electronically. Once the paper is ready, and the order of co-authors is agreed upon, prepare separately and have at hand in case you are suddenly asked for it:
journals  editing  sciencepublishing  authorship 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Jill Lepore on the Challenge of Explaining Things | Public Books
But I’ve always been interested in the history of technology and arguments about progress. Much of my scholarship lies at the intersection of political history and the field known as the history of the book, a field whose very subjects—which include literacy and the printing press—are technologies. I have always been especially interested in technologies of evidence, communication, and surveillance, which would encompass everything from writing systems to lie detectors...
To be fair, it’s difficult not to be susceptible to technological determinism. We measure the very moments of our lives by computer-driven clocks and calendars that we keep in our pockets. I get why people think this way. Still, it’s a pernicious fallacy. To believe that change is driven by technology, when technology is driven by humans, renders force and power invisible...
I once wrote a piece about the history of the breast pump. I was using a breast pump at the time and every time I hooked myself up to that monstrosity I felt like I was in a Mary Shelley story and I wondered, “For God’s sake, how on earth did it come to this?” So I looked into it. And do you know why we have breast pumps in the United States? Because we don’t have maternity leave. Pumps are a very cheap and crappy substitute. Freeze your eggs, freeze your milk, work like a man. Phooey...
Here’s a way to think about that: what percentage of everything “published” in, say, 1952—that is, every radio and television broadcast, every magazine, newspaper, newsletter, book—was edited, in the sense that it passed through the hands of at least one person whose entire job was to consider the judiciousness and reasonableness of the argument and the quality of the evidence? Let’s say—wild guess—more than 98 percent. And how much of everything “published” in 2017—every post, comment, clip—is edited? Who knows, but let’s say, less than 2 percent. Doesn’t that explain a lot about the pickle we’re in?
editing  attention  history  breastfeeding  work  politics  authoritarianism  writing 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Why two spaces after a period isn’t wrong (or, the lies typographers tell about history) - Heraclitean River
It’s a pity this editor apparently hasn’t bothered to look at most books published for centuries before 1870 or at many published even decades after 1930. It’s an even greater pity that this editor didn’t even bother to look at previous editions of the Chicago Manual itself! (As we shall soon see, this was not some minor trend, but accepted practice, as the early editions of the Chicago Manual demonstrate.)

Typographers seem eager to dismiss wider spaces as some sort of fad, either something ugly that originated with typewriters, or some sort of Victorian excess that lasted for a few brief decades and quickly petered out. But this is simply not the case. As we will explore presently, the large space following a period was an established convention for English-language publishers (and many others in Europe) in the 1700s, if not before, and it did not truly begin to fade completely until around 1950.

While the modern convention is the single space, it is no less arbitrary than any other, and if you believe that larger spaces after periods look better in some situation, you should feel confident that your choice is supported by hundreds of years of good typographical practice. For the record, before we go further, my preference is not for double-spacing, but for a slightly larger sentence space, about 1.5 times an interword space for most typefaces.
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Foreign Press Center: Wikipedia in a Post-Fact World: Reliable Sources, Transparency, and Open Knowledge –
I wanted to clarify on the language issue. Because I work with Russian all the time; I work for a Russian-language publication. I obviously look for information in English and Russian. And the Wikipedia entry for a certain public figure —
MS MAHER: Will be very different.
QUESTION: — will be very different in Russian and in English. So there’s basically – unless somebody from the community puts those – makes them sort of similar or equivalent, there’s nobody at the Wikipedia itself that will —
MS MAHER: That’s correct. There’s nobody —
QUESTION: — make any changes?
MS MAHER: No. The Wikimedia Foundation, as I said, we don’t actually edit the content at all. We’re here to support the sites, make sure they run, make sure they’re fast, make sure they’re accessible, make sure that the people who edit the sites have the time and resources that they need in order to contribute. Some community members are interested in doing language-to-language consistency and translation, but the reality of the matter is that they are going to be different. The interests of different language communities are different, and we actually see that as a strength rather than a weakness. It does mean that on certain topics where there are differing political perspectives, you may see those biases emerge.
I’m very interested, as technology continues to improve and advance, the ability of machine translation to perhaps provide us more insight into that. I think that that will be part of our continued evolution is trying to understand what exists in one language versus another. I think that is a very interesting journey for us to take. As I said earlier, we’re constantly in the process of improving, and that might be an interesting area for our community to focus on.
wikipedia  language  translation  editing 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Laura Wilder Books - Biography and List of Works - Author of 'By the Shores Of Silver Lake'
In 1930, Laura asked her daughter's opinion about a biographical manuscript she had written about her pioneering childhood. The Great Depression, coupled with the recent deaths of her mother and her sister Mary, seem to have prompted her to preserve her memories in a "life story" called "Pioneer Girl". She had also renewed her interest in writing in the hope of generating some income. Little did either of them realize that Laura Ingalls Wilder, 63, was about to embark on an entirely new career: writer of books for children.

Controversy surrounds Rose's exact role in what became her mother's famous "Little House" series of books. Some argue that Laura was an "untutored genius," relying on her daughter mainly for some early encouragement and her connections with publishers and literary agents. Others contend that Rose basically took each of her mother's unpolished rough drafts in hand and completely (and silently) transformed them into the series of books we know today. The truth most likely lies somewhere between these two positions — Laura's writing career as a rural journalist and credible essayist began more than two decades before the "Little House" series, and Rose's formidable skills as an editor and ghostwriter, are well-documented.
writing  literature  editing  journalism 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
A lucrative sideline: editing for non-native speakers - Thoughts On Translation
The typical market pricing method is per hour, by volume, often assuming 1,000 words per hour. I’ve seen agencies offer per word rates too. Having gained experience and developed an efficient process, I work quickly, so a per hour rate penalizes me. I prefer to quote a flat fee now, and customers never quibble. They don’t need to know how long we spent on it. They need to value what we achieve. When you quote, do remember to include time for back and forth and redrafts, especially until you get to know your customer.
editing  business  sciencepublishing 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
How to find a suitable open access journal
Want to publish openly and looking for a suitable journal? Here are some steps you can take...
openaccess  sciencepublishing  editing  journals 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
How to Cite a President Trump Tweet - EasyBib Blog
Trump, D. [realDonaldTrump]. (2017, January 3). I will be having a general news conference on JANUARY ELEVENTH in N.Y.C. Thank you [Tweet]. Retrieved from
twitter  citation  editing 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
HTML Typescript – redistributing labor – Adam Hyde
Small design changes can have huge consequences for publishing workflows to the point of redefining roles. With the introduction of the word processor came the ability to change copy easily and consequently the author assumed more of this role and the copy editors role was redefined.
writing  editing  tools  html5  publishing 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Does ELF Have a Role in EAP Writing? – ELT Research Bites
Tribble sees EAPWI based on genre analysis situated within a expert/apprentice dichotomy in which native language plays absolutely no role. Tribble claims that native academic English does not really exist. Rather, what does exist is a set of conventions developed by experts and writers with expertise within a particular discipline regardless of first language.


To demonstrate this, Tribble built a corpus of research articles from international journals. This was chosen, as the writers and editorial board would likely be those whose mother tongues were not all English. He then focused on a single journal from the corpus (a biology journal called Acta Tropica). Through random sampling of 10 articles, he investigated errors (or what he called “non-canonocial” uses, or deviations from “textbook norms”) in order to determine whether these authors were forced to conform to native speaker norms of language usage. He found that errors were common, about once every 60 words. He found these errors at the clause level but noted that all of the writings stayed consistent at the stage and moves level. ...ELFA really has no role in academic writing, as academic writing has nothing to do with conformity to nativeness but rather “expertise that is required for acceptance by specific discourse communities”
editing  english  medicine  sciencepublishing  language 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Writing for an academic audience | OUPblog
Completing multitudinous years of education presumably encourages people to juxtapose one esoteric word after another in order to fabricate convoluted paragraphs formulated of impressively, extensively elongated and erudite sentences. To put it another way: completing many years of education encourages people to write complex paragraphs full of long sentences composed of long words.

What we may not do is consider whether the audiences for our writing will be willing and able to read and understand what we write. In other words, aim for readability. The first step is to identify what your audience needs to know. The next step is to incorporate principles that enable you to tell your audience what they need to know clearly, simply, and concisely.

In reality, most of us are both creators and recipients of needlessly complicated prose.
reading  writing  editing 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Alan Sokal's writings on science, philosophy and culture
Other useful Web sites on the "Social Text Affair"

Jason Walsh site NOTE NEW LOCATION!!!
Gen Kuroki site
"The Science Wars Homepage" Please note that I do not endorse the title of this page; in my opinion this is an intellectual debate, not a "war"! But this page does contain much useful material.
Sokal et Bricmont dans la presse francophone (bibliographie, en français) NOTE NEW LOCATION!!!
Vittorio Bertolini site (sito in italiano) NOTE NEW LOCATION!!!
Jukka-Pekka Takala site (site in Finnish and Scandinavian languages)

Postmodern essay generator (courtesy of Andrew Bulhak, see description and source code)
Postmodern sentence generator
SCIgen, a program for generating random computer-science research papers (courtesy of Jeremy Stribling, Max Krohn and Dan Aguayo, three computer-science grad students at MIT)
Mathgen, a program for generating random mathematics research papers (courtesy of Nate Eldredge, incorporating code from SCIgen). And see also the delicious story of the Mathgen paper accepted at a (pseudo-)journal: here and here.
snarXiv, an archive of randomly generated titles/abstracts of papers in high-energy physics (courtesy of David Simmons-Duffin). Also, play the arXiv vs. snarXiv game: guess which paper titles are real and which are fake! (My own score is a lousy 83%)
Theorem Generator, a generator of random "theorems" and "proofs" (also courtesy of David Simmons-Duffin).
agnotology  language  editing  sokal  coding 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity
There are many natural scientists, and especially physicists, who continue to reject the notion that the disciplines concerned with social and cultural criticism can have anything to contribute, except perhaps peripherally, to their research. Still less are they receptive to the idea that the very foundations of their worldview must be revised or rebuilt in the light of such criticism. Rather, they cling to the dogma imposed by the long post-Enlightenment hegemony over the Western intellectual outlook, which can be summarized briefly as follows: that there exists an external world, whose properties are independent of any individual human being and indeed of humanity as a whole; that these properties are encoded in ``eternal'' physical laws; and that human beings can obtain reliable, albeit imperfect and tentative, knowledge of these laws by hewing to the ``objective'' procedures and epistemological strictures prescribed by the (so-called) scientific method.

But deep conceptual shifts within twentieth-century science have undermined this Cartesian-Newtonian metaphysics1; revisionist studies in the history and philosophy of science have cast further doubt on its credibility2; and, most recently, feminist and poststructuralist critiques have demystified the substantive content of mainstream Western scientific practice, revealing the ideology of domination concealed behind the façade of ``objectivity''.3 It has thus become increasingly apparent that physical ``reality'', no less than social ``reality'', is at bottom a social and linguistic construct; that scientific ``knowledge", far from being objective, reflects and encodes the dominant ideologies and power relations of the culture that produced it; that the truth claims of science are inherently theory-laden and self-referential; and consequently, that the discourse of the scientific community, for all its undeniable value, cannot assert a privileged epistemological status with respect to counter-hegemonic narratives emanating from dissident or marginalized communities. These themes can be traced, despite some differences of emphasis, in Aronowitz's analysis of the cultural fabric that produced quantum mechanics4; in Ross' discussion of oppositional discourses in post-quantum science5; in Irigaray's and Hayles' exegeses of gender encoding in fluid mechanics6; and in Harding's comprehensive critique of the gender ideology underlying the natural sciences in general and physics in particular.7
sciencepublishing  agnotology  sokal  editing 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Why didn't the Daily Mail put the jailing of Jo Cox's murderer on its front page? | Jane Martinson | Opinion | The Guardian
But for Britain’s biggest-selling mid-market tabloid, the Daily Mail, not to refer to Cox and her killer until page 30 was not only surprising but a shock.

Nearly all other papers put a smiling picture of the Labour MP and mother of two young children on their front page on the day her killer received a full life sentence – even if they led their news coverage on the economy.

So what happened at the Mail? And what does it say about that paper’s view of – and impact on – the UK’s political life that the verdict on the first murder of a sitting MP for 26 years can be relegated so far inside its pages?
journalism  editing  uk  newspapers 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Help Us, Academia, You Are Our Only Hope. |
the rot in scholarly communication runs much deeper. “People of this country have had enough of experts”, opined Michael Gove just before Brexit. At that moment, scholarly communication was handed the bill for failing spectacularly at making itself understood, relevant, and persuasive. This is not just due to pay walls or too many facts to make a convincing case; the bitter truth is that an increasingly incomprehensible ivory tower – and the academic publishing industry is part of it – has utterly disconnected from the wider public.

The thing is, good writers are incredibly rare in academia and editors are by now seen as a luxury most publishers cannot afford. Both exist almost in spite of a system that on the one hand is insatiable when it comes to new content but on the other considers rhetorical skills and the craft of writing to be a given. Yes, there are writing programs here and there, additional courses offered by graduate academies and the like, but the fundamental skills of communication have not really been at the core of our education for a long time. And now it shows. We get lost in technicalities, unable to clearly convey the bigger picture and relevance of what we do. We cannot thrill, excite, and stimulate a wider audience with our discoveries because we never really learned how to formulate and produce a good story. Our tales are boring, disjointed, and more often than not a stylistic nightmare. Who wants to read this stuff?
scholarly  writing  editing  publishing  politics 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Grammar Girl : Sentence Length :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™
Plan your excursion carefully and plot out a manageable route. Your trip’s core should consist mostly of medium-sized sentences. Budget for a few windy detours that point out some fascinating facts, and make a couple quick stops in the sentence fragment department to keep participants alert. Whatever you do, don’t fall into a monotonous medium-sized rhythm that anesthetizes your readers.

“Medium-sized” means minuscule by Proust’s standards. Most sentences should contain no more than 30 or 40 words.
writing  editing  grammar 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Get Your Eagle Eye On: 10 Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work | WTD
3. Forget the content or story. Analyze sentence by sentence; don’t read in your usual way. Focus on spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Work backwards, if that helps, or say the words and sentences out loud. Concentrate.

4. Make several passes for different types of errors. Try checking spelling and end punctuation on one pass, grammar and internal punctuation on another, and links or format on yet another pass. Develop a system.

5. Take notes. If you notice a format issue while checking spelling or if you need to look something up, make a quick note and come back to it so you don’t lose your focus.

6. If you do make a last-minute change to a few words, be sure to check the entire sentence or even paragraph over again. Many errors are the result of changes made without adjusting other, related words.
editing  learning  writing 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
“You have to keep track of your changes”: The Version Variants and Publishing History of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
However, I have identified that there have been at least two English-language editions of Cloud Atlas in widespread circulation, from the very first day of its publication, from which other translated texts and the film script have been derived (see Fig. 1). As well as exhibiting many minor linguistic variations and copy-edits throughout (accidentals), these different editions also contain sections of narrative unique to each version that must change any close reading of the text. Given that so much literary criticism has now been produced on the subject of Mitchell’s novel, twelve years after its publication, these version variants are potentially problematic as they have not previously been noted.1 Using a combination of computational, textual-scholarly and more traditional hermeneutic methods, I here set out the substantial differences between the editions of Cloud Atlas and point to the future work that must be done to understand the effects of the heavy rewritings that occur across the different versions of the text. I also, below, outline the publishing history of the novel that resulted in these variations, as detailed to me by David Mitchell himself.
writing  editing  publishing  censorship  internet  memory 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Language Services for scientific, technical and medical content | Elsevier Webshop
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editing  business  translation 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
What is substantive editing? | Technical Editors' Eyrie
In substantive editing (also known as developmental editing and comprehensive editing), the editor considers a document’s concept and intended use, content, organization, design, and style. The purpose is to make the document functional for its readers, not just to make it correct and consistent.

Substantive editing is almost entirely analysis-based, whether at the document level or at the paragraph, sentence, or word level. Decisions require judgement, not just the application of rules, and therefore should be negotiable with the writer.

Contrast this work with copyediting, most of which is rules-based and concerned with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style and the internal consistency of facts and presentation. Both types of edit are essential; they just focus on different issues. (See also my article on classifying editorial tasks.)
editing  writing 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
How to Choose the Right Title and Keywords for Your Article? - Koonec's Blog
Most journals will also ask you to provide a list of 5 to 12 keywords, that they can use to classify and organize their content. Like for the title, the list of keywords is especially important for one reason: so that search engines and readers can easily find your article if it is related to what they are looking for. Although you might have to choose them from a list already prepared of most commonly used keywords, most journals accept a personalized list. Be careful when choosing and note that a keyword does not have to be made of only one word! This is a common misconception. For example, “breast cancer” is a keyword on its own. If you aren’t sure which keywords are the most suited for your work, just take a look at your article and note the words that you are using a lot in the text.
indexing  editing  sciencepublishing 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
How to write an effective title and abstract and choose appropriate keywords | Editage Insights
Here’s how you can go about choosing the right keywords for your paper:3,5,7,18

Read through your paper and list down the terms/phrases that are used repeatedly in the text.
Ensure that this list includes all your main key terms/phrases and a few additional key phrases.
Include variants of a term/phrase (e.g., kidney and renal), drug names, procedures, etc.
Include common abbreviations of terms (e.g., HIV).
Now, refer to a common vocabulary/term list or indexing standard in your discipline (e.g., GeoRef, ERIC Thesaurus, PsycInfo, ChemWeb, BIOSIS Search Guide, MeSH Thesaurus) and ensure that the terms you have used match those used in these resources.
Finally, before you submit your article, type your keywords into a search engine and check if the results that show up match the subject of your paper.
editing  sciencepublishing  indexing 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
How Do You Say, 'Read Me?' Or Choosing Keywords to Retrieve Information - Social Science Space
Yes, computers existed before the Internet, and they were sometimes used to retrieve textual information in article titles. Here is how it worked: The titles were recorded on punchcards and fed into a mainframe computer. The computer then generated an alphabetical index to all their “key” words, defined as all words not on a list of “stop” words—such as prepositions, articles, and conjunctions. The result was dubbed a Key-Word-In-Context (KWIC) index. The printed index alphabetized the keywords in a central column surrounded by other words in the title that preceded and followed them. Hence, the name, Key-Word-In-Context.
indexing  editing  sciencepublishing 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Medical Subject Headings - Home Page
Welcome to Medical Subject Headings!
The NLM's curated medical vocabulary resource.

Our main purpose is to provide a hierarchically-organized terminology for indexing and cataloging of biomedical information such as MEDLINE/PUBmed and other NLM databases. We also distribute pharmaceutical information through our RxNorm database, and manage the curation of the UMLS and SnoMed database.
search  indexing  editing  sciencepublishing 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
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In first attempt get accepted a academic paper in the international journal was never easy job, until i know about AJE. They will give a prefect and correct advice before you submit a paper. It will not only reduce your stress but even improve your academic writing skill. Thank you very much for the great prompt service.
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editing  sciencepublishing 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Choosing Effective Keywords | AJE | American Journal Experts
As the volume of research output and the number of journals expand, identifying relevant studies in the literature is becoming increasingly challenging. To facilitate online article searches, most journals require authors to select 4-8 keywords (or phrases) to accompany a manuscript. Keywords may also be used to match a specific editor to a manuscript and to identify peer reviewers with related research interests. To maximize your manuscript’s chances of a well-matched review and readership, here are three considerations when choosing key terms:
Your target journal’s instructions for authors

Guidelines for the number and type of keywords may vary between journals. In certain cases, the editors will even provide a list of preferred terms, and clinical publications will often specifically request keywords drawn from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s collection of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
indexing  sciencepublishing  editing 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Mass Production of Redundant, Misleading, and Conflicted Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses. - PubMed - NCBI
There are many important issues raised in this paper on which I strongly agree with John Ioannidis. There is a lot of research waste in meta-analyses and systematic reviews, and a flood of very low quality, and he points out the contributing factors clearly. However, there are some issues to be aware of in considering the analyses in this paper on the growth of these papers, and their growth in comparison with randomized and other clinical trials.

Although the author refers to PubMed's "tag" for systematic reviews, there is no tagging process for systematic reviews, as there is for meta-analyses and trials. Although "systematic review" is available as a choice under "article types", that option is a filtered search using Clinical Queries (PubMed Help), not a tagging of publication type. Comparing filtered results to tagged results is not comparing like with like in 2 critical ways.
medicine  research  editing  reviews  commenting 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Archive Publications - Editing and Proofreading Services
For over 30 years, Paul Beverley has used his programming ability to complement his writing and editing skills. Latterly he has decided to make his Word macros freely available to other writers and editors and has put them in a free book, Computer Tools for Editors, which you can download from this website. The most powerful macro, FRedit, is available separately (but still free).

For greater benefit from the (over 450) macros, we offer training for large or small groups, from the level of ‘What is a macro?!’, right up to macro power-users.
tools  text  editing 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Editing: things they don't tell you about what journal editors want - YouTube
What journal editors want: (21:01) Valuable advice for scientific authors from insider
august 2016 by juliusbeezer
(458) The Old Reader
When I was readying my first novel for publication, it struck me that writers have far more control over what’s in their books than what’s on them—the cover art, blurbs, jacket copy, but especially the title, where the author’s concerns overlap with marketing ones. Deciding on a name for your life’s work is hard enough; the prospect of changing it at the eleventh hour is like naming your newborn, then hearing the obstetrician say, But wouldn’t Sandra look amazing on the certificate? It took a nine-month war of attrition to secure the original title of my book, Private Citizens.

The history of writers fighting for their book titles is extensive and bloody; so powerful is the publisher’s veto that not even Toni Morrison, fresh off her Nobel win, got to keep her preferred title for Paradise, which was War....
Abroad, books sometimes take on new names to suit national tastes; hence Merritt Tierce’s Love Me Back in Italy became Carne viva (“raw meat,” an idiom for “painfully exposed”), while the Canadian novelist Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes was released stateside as Someone Knows My Name. Surely no one had to tell Karl Ove Knausgaard that My Struggle wouldn’t fly in Germany, though it’s amusing to note that even Hitler himself lost out with his original title: Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice.
editing  publishing  translation  design 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Medical Writing
Medical Writing is a quarterly publication that aims to educate and inform medical writers in Europe and beyond. Each issue focuses on a specific theme, and all issues include feature articles and regular columns on topics relevant to the practice of medical writing. We welcome articles providing practical advice to medical writers; guidelines and reviews/summaries/updates of guidelines published elsewhere; original research; opinion pieces; interviews; and review articles.
writing  editing  sciencepublishing 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Jenny Diski's brave scepticism | New Humanist
Novels, non-fiction, diary, memoir, essay; Diski’s writing seems as if it might belong to different genres but it also breaks down the idea of genre itself. It is sometimes argued that a writer may be “unclassifiable” but you have to put a book somewhere in a bookshop (why not a table marked “unclassifiable”?). This idea applies to Diski’s work, a little. But all the writing is recognisably the work of a single author. In this respect only, it has a lot in common with the work of Iain Sinclair; here is another genre-crossing writer. His work is surprisingly popular, and his backlist surprisingly available, given that his sentences, unlike Diski’s, can be inelegant and the plots of the books labelled “fiction” – Downriver for instance – are often impenetrable. (See the Winter 2013 New Humanist for a discussion of Iain Sinclair’s work.)

The books by Diski that can be labelled “fiction” are the most disconcerting for anyone who is used to the first-person voice that appears in the LRB, Harper’s and Göteborgs-Posten. In the essay “A diagnosis” (11 September 2014), Diski states: “I write fiction and non-fiction, but it’s almost always personal. I start with me, and often enough end with me. I’ve never been apologetic about that, or had a sense that my writing is ‘confessional’.”
writing  editing 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Language Log » Another victim of oversimplified rules
But number, in the sequence a number of, is nearly always transparent. We say A number of people are unhappy about it ; the singular agreement form *A number of people is unhappy about it  strikes me as plangently ungrammatical...
The observation is not a new one: the Oxford Dictionaries site gives the correct advice, as I found simply by Google-searching the phrase a number of people are to see what might come up. The Metro journalist didn't think to do any of this to check on normal usage, but just plumped for singular because that's what a number would take.

How could any working journalist or editor be so blind to the natural patterns of their native language?

The question is not just rhetorical; I have an answer to it: nervous cluelessness. I've discussed it here and here among other places. Dogmatic style sheets and don't-do-this books of rules are making people write worse, by making them too nervous to remain securely in touch with their own sense of how their language works.
grammar  english  language  editing 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Wired Style: A Linguist Explains Vintage Internet Slang - The Toast - The Toast
in the early 2000s. I was the type of teenager who read help documentation and tech blogs and anything that seemed vaguely linguistics-related, and I was already reading the articles on Wired‘s website, so of course when I stumbled upon its style guide, I read that too.

The thing that stuck in my mind about the Wired style guide was the attitude. I’d read other usage guides — well-meaning gifts from people who thought that having an interest in linguistics was the same as having an interest in the mechanics of writing — but they tended towards the curmudgeonly. But while Strunk & White and their inheritors considered themselves the last thing standing between The English Language and Mortal Peril, Wired Style said, essentially, No. We’re not the guardians of tradition, we’re a forward-facing tech publication, and it’s essential for us to be on the vanguard of linguistic change. Hyphens will drop eventually, so let’s drop them now; capitals will eventually de-capitalize, so let’s lowercase as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

To my teenage self, it was like being handed a crystal ball and a lever with which to move the world at the same time. You mean that I could anticipate the direction that language change would happen in, and help push it there even faster? The power was intoxicating. I was sold — and I’ve written email and internet ever since, with the security of knowing that, if my choices were ever questioned, I could calmly reply “You see, it’s because I follow the Wired style guide.”
language  grammar  internet  editing 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Jimmy Wales, Unveiled At Last | Wikipediocracy
We exist to shine the light of scrutiny into the dark crevices of Wikipedia and its related projects; to examine the corruption there, along with its structural flaws; and to inoculate the unsuspecting public against the torrent of misinformation, defamation, and general nonsense that issues forth from one of the world’s most frequently visited websites, the “encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”
wikipedia  editing 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Editing Guide - Brevy
Brevy is a wiki for summaries of peer-reviewed research. Here we seek to make research more open, accessible, and understandable for the general public while providing tools to communicate and engage with academic works. Brevy does this by providing a platform to easily create, browse, organize, and discuss these summaries...

Having trouble getting your quick summary down to 140 characters? Here are some helpful tips and examples:

Dealing with excessively long words - Try replacing these with ones more broadly characterizing the item. A couple of examples:
For the discovery of "Pikachurin," an "EGF-like, fibronectin type-III and laminin G-like domain-containing protein," you might write the protein's suggested role (a "dystroglycan-interacting protein") instead of its long title.
For a long chemical name such as "2,2-Bis-(4-(2-methacryloxyethoxy)phenyl)propane," you might instead consider it's category (a "(Meth)acrylate"), it's CAS number (or similar identifying number), or its intended purpose
Give the bottom line only - Focus on the results and conclusions rather than how the research was done unless novel techniques are a key point in the work
It doesn't have to be a full sentence - If you're grammar is a bit off, we won't complain, but keep it readable!
More to come!

We welcome suggestions for tips here. Please post them on this page's talk page, and we will consider migrating them here.
writing  sciencepublishing  editing  attention  arxiv  overlay 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
How to Make It Fit
we’ll look at strategies editors use to make the copy fit.
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Orthographe : le point de vue d’une professionnelle - Plaidoyer anarchiste pour le respect du vivant - La chaise pliante
Parce que j’ai bac+5 en Lettres, parce que j’ai toujours adoré la linguistique, et surtout parce que je pratique aujourd’hui le métier ultime de correctrice, j’ai un statut privilégié par rapport à tout ça : on me prend souvent à témoin de la « bêtise » de ceux qui écrivent ou parlent mal le français. Ou, au contraire, on bredouille des excuses quand on apprend mon métier parce qu’on est nul en orthographe et qu’on a peur que je sois personnellement offensée par un oubli de « s » au pluriel.

Mais ce que les gens savent peu c’est que non seulement je me foutais déjà complètement de l’orthographe à l’époque où je m’amusais à faire les dictées de Pivot au collège et je pratique aujourd’hui ce métier sans passion aucune, bien au contraire. Mais aussi, comme un astrophysicien qui se sent de plus en plus petit à mesure qu’il comprend l’immensité et la complexité de son sujet d’étude, je me fous de plus en plus de l’orthographe à mesure que j’avance dans l’étude de la langue française.
orthographe  français  language  editing 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
writing workflow | On dance, art and things
Markdown is, quite simply, brilliant to write in. It is simple to learn, flexible, and doesn’t require any special software (just a text editor). There are lots of resources online for learning Markdown but David Sparks and Eddie Smith’s The MacSparky Markdown Field Guide is very fine indeed.
writing  editing  tools  text_tools 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
For the first time! | Journal of Cell Science
here is the thing that bothers me. Often, I begin a paper with an observation that someone has previously described, and show that it applies to the problem we have undertaken. And most of the time either the editors or the reviewers tell me to take that out, as ‘it has already been shown.’ It isn't new. Okay, we have established why new is important, so this makes sense.

Except it doesn't. If you've been paying attention to the front matter in many journals, and to the popular press, you may have noticed that there is a growing concern that research results are not reproducible.
sciencepublishing  peerreview  writing  editing 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
How non-native English researchers can overcome barriers to academic publishing | Editage Insights
When you started out, how easy or difficult did you find it to write academic articles in English? Did you face any specific challenges? Based on your experiences, would you like to share any tips with our readers?

At first, it was difficult because of the language barrier. I struggled with presenting my experiment methods and research findings in a way that the reviewers would clearly understand. While writing in English, I tended to follow the Chinese writing style and syntax, and as a result my writing was unnatural and sounded “Chinglish.” I realized that to overcome these difficulties, I had to keep reading papers published in the leading journals in my field to gradually improve my vocabulary and learn common expressions in academic writing. I also had to learn to write directly in English and think in English. My first published SCI article marked the formation of my English academic writing style.

There’re a few other things I learned early on. First, the key factor determining whether an academic article will be published is not the writing skills displayed by the author(s) but the contents of the paper. Second, you should ensure that you write a good introduction.
writing  editing  peerreview  china  learning 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
(40) Enquête sur le «Bloody Sunday» : un ex-soldat britannique arrêté - Libération
@zebao La términologie à cet égard est difficile ; impossible de n'être pas parti pris en utilisant l'un ou l'autre. Présentateur de la BBC Radio Foyle et autochtone Gerry Anderson a proposé le nom "Stroke City" (London/Derry) avec la connotation d'accident cérébrovasculaire ("a stroke") ainsi que l'ajout de la marque diagonale de ponctuation bien entendue.
ireland  politics  terminology  editing  français 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Should Literary Journals Charge Writers for Submissions? - The Atlantic
Though I’ve published short stories in the past, I’m not submitting any this year, and if things continue the way they have been, I may stop writing them altogether. The reason, in a nutshell, is reading fees—also called submission or service fees—which many literary journals now charge writers who want to be considered for publication. Writers pay a fee that usually ranges from $2 to $5—but sometimes goes as high as $25—and in return, the journal will either (most likely) reject or accept their submission and publish it. Even in the lucky case that a piece is published, most journals don’t pay writers for their work, making it a net loss either way.
literature  publishing  editing 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
What Does An Editor Do? | Redwoods Writes...
This is an all-too-common misconception about editorial work. People inside and outside the industry think that we just correct spellings, grammar and punctuation, and that’s it. Job done. But these are things that are done at the very END of a book’s editorial life, and they are often outsourced to freelance copy-editors and proofreaders AFTER the big, ‘structural’ edit has been done by the commissioning editor...
they know it could be EVEN BETTER if the narrative was re-shaped in certain ways – perhaps a character needs to be drawn out or cut completely, maybe more or less dialogue is needed, perhaps the author could magnify a particular event to make it more dramatic or a non-fiction text needs more factual information to make sense of the point it’s trying to make.

It’s our job to let authors know how we think the text they’ve supplied can be improved, and to deliver that information in the way that allows THEM to make the changes successfully. It’s a collaboration, and if the author disagrees with a note, then it’s their right to resist that change, but maybe suggest another one. I’ve watched TV producers give ‘notes’ to actors and crew on set and realised how similar it is to the editorial process.
editing  text  literature 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Extreme Bias: How Rejection Clouds The Eyes of Researchers | The Scholarly Kitchen
Break the respondents down into authors whose manuscript was accepted (blue) and rejected (red) and you’ll notice a great schism in author responses (Figure 2). Not only did rejected authors believe that the editorial board failed to understand their work, but peer reviewers — supposed experts in their field — failed to understand it as well. In the minds of rejected authors, the editorial board did not properly weigh the reviewers’ comments and ultimately made decisions that were not based on scientific grounds. Not surprisingly, rejected authors were much less likely to believe they would ever submit again to this journal. In contrast, accepted authors were resoundingly supportive of nearly every aspect of the journal.
rejecta  authorship  sciencepublishing  editing  peerreview 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
First! | The Research Whisperer
I’ve read a couple of grant applications recently that said that they were first:

“This is the first study to…”

I’m always a bit wary of this sort of statement. To work, it needs to be undeniably true. That is, it isn’t enough that it’s a true statement. It needs to be uncontestable, unchallengeable.

To be undeniably true, it should reinforce the worldview of the reader. Your assessor should read the statement, nod and agree. If they don’t – if it raises any doubt in their mind – you may be in for a world of pain.

If you get an assessor that says ‘No it isn’t – what about [vaguely related study that isn’t anything like yours]’, then a series of things happen. First, they aren’t focused on the strengths of your application anymore. Then, they’re distracted and may start looking for other doubtful statements. Their confidence starts to fade.
writing  sciencepublishing  editing 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Contractions: which are common and which aren’t? | Stroppy Editor
I searched COCA for 77 contractions and their spelt-out counterparts (there are others, but life is short). For instance, I searched for “didn’t” and “did not”, recorded the number of uses per million words, and then divided the “didn’t” number by the “did not” number.

This gives the relative frequency of use for each contraction: how common each is relative to its spelt-out version. A small number means a phrase is rarely contracted, 1 means both versions are equally common, and more than 1 means it’s usually contracted. The more common a contraction is, the more comfortable you can feel about using it.
writing  editing  corpus 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
EditorMom: Why Does Editing Take So Much Longer Than Reading for Pleasure or Interest?
Here is a partial list of the issues that I address when editing your manuscript:
editing  writing 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
MDPI | English editing guidelines for authors
The following are English language guidelines for the submission to one of the MDPI journals.
editing  sciencepublishing 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
competitivity - Wiktionary

competitivity ‎(plural competitivities)

competitiveness  [quotations ▼]
dictionary  editing  language 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
Competitivity Definition from Financial Times Lexicon
Definition of competitivity

Another name for competitiveness. [1]
dictionary  editing  language 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
competitivity/competitiveness | WordReference Forums
I appreciate this thread is quite old but for the sake of anyone who may be still interested...

I had to translate competividad today and as a native speaker my first reaction was to say competitivity. I was surprised when even did not have the word listed.

I am going to stick with competitivity though as the phrase to be translated read

"competitividad y productividad en Cundinamarca"

and in this context, for balance,

"competitivity and productivity..." reads better than "competitiveness and productivity"
dictionary  editing  language 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
No correction, no retraction, no apology, no comment: paroxetine trial reanalysis raises questions about institutional responsibility | The BMJ
Few studies have sustained as much criticism as Study 329, a placebo controlled, randomized trial of paroxetine and imipramine carried out by SmithKline Beecham (which became GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2000). In 2002, a US Food and Drug Administration officer who formally reviewed the trial reported that “on balance, this trial should be considered as a failed trial, in that neither active treatment group showed superiority over placebo by a statistically significant margin.”4 Yet this same year, according to the New York State Attorney General’s office, which sued GSK, over two million prescriptions were written for children and adolescents in the United States, all off-label, after a marketing campaign that characterized Study 329 as demonstrating “REMARKABLE Efficacy and Safety.”

The disparity between what the manufacturer and study authors claim the trial found and what other parties say the data show was an important element in the US Department of Justice’s criminal charges against GSK. In 2012, GSK was fined a record $3bn (£2bn; €2.7bn), in part for fraudulently promoting paroxetine.

Then there are the matters of “editorial assistance” and undisclosed financial conflicts of interests of one of the paper’s authors.
medicine  psychology  science  sciencepublishing  editing  misconduct 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
Evidence-based practices for teaching writing
scientific studies of writing interventions provide a more trustworthy approach for identifying effective methods for teaching writing; they supply evidence of the magnitude of the effect of a writing intervention, how confident one can be in the study’s results, and how replicable the writing strategy is in new settings with new populations of students.
The list of recommendations presented below is based on scientific studies of students in grades 4–12. The strategies for teaching writing are listed according to the magnitude of their effects. Writing strategies: Explicitly teach students strategies for planning, revising, and editing their written products. This may involve teaching general processes (e.g., brainstorming or editing) or more speci?c elements, such as steps for writing a persuasive essay. In either case, we recommend that teachers model the strategy, provide assistance as students practice using the strategy on their own, and allow for independent practice with the strategy once they have learned it.
Summarizing text: Explicitly teach students procedures for summarizing what they read. Summarization allows students to practice concise, clear writing to convey an accurate message of the main ideas in a text.
writing  editing  coaching  learning 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
Prices | Wiley Editing Services
Our prices are based on the types of services you choose, the length of your manuscript, and how quickly you need your paper returned to you. You don’t have to wait for us to get back to you with a quote—simply use the form below to view all of your pricing and service options!
editing  business  language 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia for Pay - The Atlantic
employees of public-relations firms began to understand the value of a Wikipedia page, and tried going in to make edits themselves, with little regard for the site’s standards. The result was that the burden of proof became even heavier on newcomers, and, Wood says, even valid information was getting rejected out of hand by seasoned editors...
But many active editors are there to help with pages about subjects that they’re passionate about, not to spend their time parsing and eliminating PR-speak. And on top of that, the ranks of volunteer editors are dwindling, leaving fewer and fewer people to maintain a growing site. The authors of a study published in American Behavioral Scientist in 2012 concluded that the number of active Wikipedia contributors has been declining because the site’s community isn’t welcoming enough to new editors.
wikipedia  editing  conflict_of_interest 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
On radical manuscript openness | R-bloggers
The paper has benefited from an extremely public revision process. When I had a new major version to submit, I published the text and all code on github, and shared it via social media. Some of resulting discussions have been positive, others negative; some useful and enlightening, others not useful and frustrating. Most scientific publications almost exclusively reflect input from the coauthors and the editors and reviewers. This manuscript, in contrast, has been influenced by scores of people I’ve never met, and I think the paper is better for it.
open  openscience  sciencepublishing  editing  publishing 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Are We Trading Quality for Affordability? Concerns for Open Access Gold |
What I realized during these two days in Cologne is that frugality may very well end up overriding quality standards. Most open access pursuits in the publishing of books seem to include everything but content: platforms, layout, metadata, DOIs, archiving, distribution, amazon – it is all there, except editing, which, apparently, is no longer the job of publishers, but authors, book-editors, or series-editors. They are the ones who are supposed to look after “publishability” (if there is such a word), peer-reviews, copy-edit, and proof-reading. And while this is certainly one way of imagining it, my experience tells me that it cannot work. Again, it may be a case of naivity, but editing is – at all these levels – not something anyone can do on the side; it is a profession. A good editor is crucial if a text is to reach its full potential.
editing  scholarly  sciencepublishing  publishing 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
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