At Editage, our aim is to always deliver the best service to you, the author. We have on board a talented editorial staff to help you get your paper in shape. But they face one major limitation—they work remotely. The scope for two-way communication is limited, which sometimes hinders our ability to take the right decisions on your manuscript.
To some extent, editors can overcome this limitation through notes. However, to get the best out of us, there are several things that you, as the author, can also do. Read on to see how.
Anything you’d like us to know before we begin?
Be it a terminology issue you are unsure of or a matter of correctly conveying your meaning, do point it out to us at the outset. This could preempt any potential ambiguities and allow the editor to move straight to offering you solutions, rendering the editing process much smoother. Here’s another scenario: you may have a word count limit for the abstract, but you may not wish to have the manuscript formatted as per the guidelines of your intended journal. In this case, you can simply specify the word count limit for the abstract and the editor will make sure to not exceed the limit, which will make your pre-submission work easier.
Given us the essentials? Now tell us more.
Every bit of information you give us can go a long way in ensuring a fantastic edit. The journal name and URL is certainly useful information, but telling us which contribution type you intend to go in for, for instance, will help us be more thorough.
You can give us such information in the “Job Instructions” field on the Editage Online System (EOS) while uploading files for a new editing assignment. Alternatively, you can type out this information in a separate “reference” file and upload it along with the files to be edited.
Engage in a dialogue with your editor
While working on the assignment, your editor will use the comments feature in MS Word and the Letter from the Editor to tell you about confusing text, provide suggestions, and seek clarifications in case sufficient information is not available.
Nevertheless, there might be instances where you feel the edit isn’t quite what you intended or perhaps that certain technical conventions haven’t been observed. Consider letting your editor know through the free Client Questions service. S/he might have a perfectly reasonable explanation, and if you agree with it, you can retain the edit. Else, the editor can make adjustments according to the clarifications you provide.
More than anything, this exchange will help the editor learn from you, making him/her better equipped to work on your future assignments.
Who doesn’t like feedback?
We’d love to hear what you thought about the edit. We take great pride in replicating a job well done, and telling us what you liked about our service will help us do just that. Moreover, we will be able to apply this learning in your future assignments.
That said, we realize that time is of essence, so to speed up your feedback effort, we’ve introduced the nifty Like/Dislike feature on the EOS. With just a click of a button, your preferences will get logged into our delivery system, and we will be able to assign the most suitable editor for your future assignments.
It's a process
As editors, we view our association with you not merely as a transaction, but as a collaboration. We realize that a single round of editing may not yield a publication-ready manuscript. To be able to support you beyond a single iteration, we offer the Multiple-Round Editing service (free of charge with the Premium Editing Service). Go in for one of these, and allow us to see your paper through to a submission-ready stage.
Be cautioned, though, that this will be a time-intensive process, so remember to factor in sufficient time for manuscript editing. Considering the rewards, it’s bound to help you get the best out of the effort you have put into your research!