I have an accepted paper (yay) going through copy-editing at the journal, and several changes suggested by the editor I disagree with:
- joined two barely related sentences with a semicolon in the abstract because "the background has to be one sentence"
- replace all spelled numbers ("two") with numerals ("2") -- this is against most major style guides, which recommend spelled numbers for less than 10 or even 100.
- Appendix 1, 2 instead of Appendix A, B -- whatever, but it's unconventional, and Figure A.1, etc. now needs a new convention, "S.1.1" ? Ugh.
- moved a sentence like "more info on these methods in the Appendix" from the end of the relevant methods section, to the middle of it -- no idea even why
- removed all "/" and "and/or", usually replacing both cases with "or" -- some people seem to be at war with "/" and/or "and/or", but in some cases they are more clear.
Anyways, can I (politely) reject these suggested copy-edits at this stage?