All editors want the same things — and they’re not getting them

September 16, 2008 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: editing.

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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