Lynn Worsham writes a brief, excellent article in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education on the main complaints scholarly journal editors have about working with authors. Worsham is editor of JAC, a quarterly journal of rhetoric, writing, culture and politics.
Many of the complaints she describes are echoed by editors in other realms:
- Inappropriate submissions because writers are not familiar with the journal, its purpose and its audience.
- Sloppy manuscripts. Grammar and spelling errors.
- Failure to follow the journal’s submission guidelines.
- Bad attitudes about editing and revision — and, most of all, about rejections.
Editors everywhere — inside and outside academe — would agree.
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