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Title: Common editorial mistakes in journal submissions

item Dowd, Michael

Submitted to: Inform
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/15/2015
Publication Date: 11/1/2015
Citation: Dowd, M.K. 2015. Common editorial mistakes in journal submissions. Inform. 26(10):674-677.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: In today’s “Wild West” of scientific publishing, it is the author’s—not the publisher’s—responsibility to make sure that an accepted paper is well-written and in correct English. Given that most authors are not grammarians or technical editors, and also that English may not be their first language, it is easy to understand why the quality of journal submissions has deteriorated. In part three of our series on scientific publishing, JAOCS Senior Associate Editor Michael Dowd describes common editorial problems that regularly find their way into submitted manuscripts. Grammatical errors, word misuse, wordiness, imprecise or ambiguous language, abbreviation errors, and scientific style issues are briefly discussed.