A critically important part of the overall publishing process is the editorial review of the author’s manuscript prior to its publication.
For academic works there are several steps involved in the editorial review process. All may be applied or chosen selectively for the preparation of a manuscript for publication.
Reviews the author’s content prior to the editorial process, ensuring it meets the essential needs of a publishable manuscript. Recommendations may be proposed for basic enhancements to be considered as well as recommendations for additional editorial services that can be chosen.
For more information, see Manuscript Assessment: Why It's Needed and What to Expect.
The role of a Developmental Editor is to collaboratively work with an author to evaluate a manuscript with the goal of improving the overall structure, academic coverage of subject areas, current relevance, and completeness of the material presented. The editor makes specific recommendations for the improvement of, or addition to, the important features of the content so that the best product will be provided to the book's intended audience. These recommendations include overall organization, pedagogical structure, writing clarity, supporting features (such as charts, tables, and illustrations), citations, and footnotes.
- Depending on the unique needs of a manuscript; author may choose from several of levels of developmental editing.
- Developmental editors are experienced academic publishing professionals with expertise in the subject matter of the work.
For more information, see Developmental Editing: Improving Structure and Readability
A professional academic copyeditor is skilled at the detailed examination of a manuscript for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and other structural anomalies and applies the appropriate style manual rules to the structure of the work. There are several levels of copyediting that can be selected, each with a more detailed set of services. Since all manuscripts are different, each one should be evaluated for their specific copyediting needs before making this selection.
The copyediting process should not begin until all the editorial assessment and development stages have been completed. It is also best to have a clearly defined art program and image package available prior to the commencement of this work.
Upon completion, the author receives a detailed, marked-up electronic manuscript with recommendations, suggested changes and queries from the copyeditor for the author’s acceptance. Only this final author-reviewed manuscript will be used in the production of the book.
A well copyedited manuscript will result in a more polished book and receive the best reception in the academic community.
For more information, see Copyediting: Fine-Tuning Your Work
It is recommended that formatted content be reviewed by an experienced academic proofreader to ensure that no unintended errors have made their way into the final product. A word for word read will be conducted, comparing the formatted file against the final approved manuscript.
For more information, see Proofreading: Checking for Errors