It is an admirable achievement to have professional knowledge of a subject and academic qualifications in that subject. However, to explain a topic to others and to arouse their interest can be another matter. This is, of course, the purpose of professional writing, which can take the form of an essay, a thesis, an article, a journal or even a book. This short commentary is mainly concerned with the importance of editing a journal once it has been written up.
If any reputable publisher is prepared to publish a journal, then it needs to be professional, accurate and attractive to the reader. It also needs to be clear, error-free and written in a good academic style, neither too complicated nor too simple. Today, few, if any, academic publishers will edit a journal for a writer; they will simply read it and then either accept it or reject it. Furthermore, if a publisher rejects a writer’s work, then they are unlikely even to consider any further work submitted by the same writer. However, if they accept a writer’s work and are impressed by it, then are likely to encourage the writer to submit further work.
When writers read through their own work, it is a known fact that they ‘see’ what is in their mind, or what they ‘think’ they have written rather than what they have actually written. This is where professional proofreading services come into the picture. The editor sees the text as the reader sees it, and detects grammar and spelling errors, but in fact does much more. The professional editor is able to ensure that the article has a professional feel to it and that it clearly explains the topic and expresses the writer’s opinion in a way that impresses the reader. In such case, it is more likely to impress the publisher too. Therefore, it is always wise to obtain the services of a professional editor or editing service when writing an article or a journal which is intended for publication.
The Ultimate Proofreader is a UK-based proofreading services provider.