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[copy-editing] concerns the process of copy editing and the work of copy editors in academic writing

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During copyediting, journal disagrees about spelling of paper's main topic

Let's suppose my paper is about icebergs. The paper is accepted to a quite well known journal on a broader topic. The copy editor has changed the word "iceberg" to "ice-berg" everywhere in the paper....
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How to find an editor for a statistics book?

I am writing and self-publishing a book on statistics. More specifically, it is titled "The general linear model: Assumptions, violations and remedies (or what to do wen your dependent variable won't ...
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International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs) in References (APA style)?

Question When, if ever, do you include an ISSN in a references entry; and if you do, then in what form to comply with APA style? Background International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs) are used to ...
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What's the easiest way to get a references section into a single citation format if they vary to begin with?

I have a ~5 page references section with citations added by various authors in varying formats. What's the easiest way to get them all into the same format? The two options I see are to do it ...
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How can I Get a Job Reviewing Math or Comp Sci Articles and Books in Advance of Publication?

I spend a great deal more time than other graduate school students identifying and figuring out how to fix mistakes in published papers and specialized books. Time and time again an author's careless ...
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Where should a glossary be placed in a book?

I am writing a book for a technical industry. I'm planning on including a glossary, I wanted to know, should I place this at the beginning of the book or at the end of the book?
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Is it rational to lose confidence in authors whose books contain many typos?

I make mistakes too as a flawed human. Yet I always lose confidence in and doubt authors (whose native language is English) whose textbooks or journal articles contain glaring typos or orthographical ...
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Minor editorial error during minor revision. Should I notify the editor or just correct it?

I recently submitted a manuscript to a prestigious journal in my field. The manuscript is now under "minor revision" status and the reviewer only asked me to provide percentages in one of the table. ...
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Citations in interview transcript

I'm editing an interview transcript. One of the speakers mentions a concept popularized in an academic paper. Would I add the citation within the interview transcript?
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Two figures are redrawn and merged into one. Are reproduction permissions required in this case? [closed]

I have two questions regarding writing of survey papers Firstly, if one of the technical papers reviewed has a number of figures. Take for example: Figure 4 is "Data model" and Figure 8 is "Mechanism ...
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Why does a copy editor count the number of characters on a line?

I got my paper back with remarks of the copy editor. One annotation counts the number of characters in a line. I have been told to ignore it, but I am still interested to know what it is for. On the ...
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Is it appropriate to contact a journal about grammatically erroneous editing?

Recently, I submitted a paper to a maths journal (which is a decent journal with a solid editorial board). It was eventually accepted after making some revisions suggested by the referees, at which ...
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How much am I allowed to edit my ESL friend's Master's Thesis?

I am lucky enough to be on a good schedule with my own edit: Thesis and have a little extra time. Earlier in the year, I offered to edit one of my classmate's/close friend's dissertation in Computer ...
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Quoting a typo: Do I really have to do “sic”, or can I just fix the sentence?

I've got an upcoming work in which I quote a couple sentences from a scholar's book. There's an unambiguous typo in it; the author just switched a few words around. Do I really have to quote him ...
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Who does the pre-copy-edited version of a paper belong to?

I am aware that the copyright of the pre-peer review version of a paper belongs to the author. Does the post-peer review but pre-copy-edited version still belong to the author? I thought it may do ...
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What are some tips or methods for editing a paper over a topic with which the amateur editor is unfamiliar? [closed]

My fiancee often has me edit her undergraduate papers for grammar and style. I myself have not been to college and possess only a high school diploma. To further complicate matters, my interests have ...
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Professional editing of a thesis

I am a professional freelance editor. I edited a thesis and subsequently the candidate has refused to pay my fee. Can I claim intellectual property rights over those editing changes and require the ...
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As a copy editor for a professional journal, how far should I go in adjusting the wording of an article?

(It is important to note that the articles are generally written by people for whom English is not their first language) I recently got my first article to edit, and realized very quickly how ...
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Is copy-editing/typesetting the only step in the publishing process where someone other than the author makes changes to the manuscript?

I have not published a scientific paper before. I am trying to understand the publishing process. As far as I understand, no changes are made to the manuscript by anyone other than the author(s) ...
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Repeat same table or figure in different chapters or use cross references?

It's my understanding that APA discourages repeating the same data in different tables; i.e., if you find yourself doing that, then maybe you need a table that combines the data in a different way. ...
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Acceptance to online publication – Why is everybody I know faster than average?

I recently attended an editiorial panel at a conference where editors of several journals in my field advertised their journals and to this purpose listed, amongst others, the time difference between ...
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Should I change “colour” to “color” when incorporating a Canadian article into an American book?

I’m working on a book, written in American English for an American market. I’ve asked a Canadian author to contribute an article which will be included in its entirety in the book and attributed to ...
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What is a reasonable rate to charge for editing someone else's thesis?

I'm a PhD student in engineering. My supervisor would like to pay me to edit a colleague's thesis for grammar and form. He asked me to look around for the going rate and let him know, but I'm not ...
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How do I get editing help for technical (mathematic/statistic) paper publishing?

I have several topics that I would like to publish. While I can get a paper, in technical terms, 100% of the way done I am not an English major. I don't do great at speaking human, or dotting my "i"'s....
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How to reduce amount of language proofreading of my revised paper?

I'm a non-native author and I have a revised paper that has been edited for good English before the first review. Now I made major changes, but still a large part of my essay remained as before. What ...
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Is there a way to check for similarities within a single text?

I am reaching the final stage of my dissertation which means editing, rewriting, and more editing. I am looking for a tool which can help me in this process by checking for similarities within a ...
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How to check and correct editorial changes to a manuscript post-acceptance?

A journal which accepted a paper of mine has made some alterations to the text of the paper as part of their editing process. They sent me the edited version for approval, and I discovered that at ...
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What corrections can you make on galley proofs?

When I receive galley proofs of a paper, I look at possible errors introduced by the copy-editing team. But while I proofread the article, there are sometimes small mistakes I'd like to fix, which ...
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How should I respond to a terrible copyediting job?

I just received the galley proofs for an article which has been accepted to a well-regarded math journal. The copyediting is, quite frankly, terrible. The copyeditor has introduced dozens of ...
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How to hire editor to improve my paper

I'm thinking of hiring a contact/freelance editor to help me improve my paper, before I submit it. I'm looking for someone to perform proofreading and copy editing as well as broader, substantive ...
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Who am I? A “Copy Editor”?

I help with typesetting of one scientific journal: I recieve the articles in the form in which they were finally accepted, and I re-format them etc. to make them ready for publication. Currently, my ...
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Updating a preprint when it is under review

I know that preprints deposited into a preprint server should be in a polished state. However, what should happen once it starts the review process? Should those copy-edits be updated on the preprint? ...