Research papers and the way they are edited

Usually, research papers contain multiple pages of text, hundreds of words and sentences, strict lexical and formatting style, using sources and a lot of different text and sentence structures. Creation of quality content requires skills and responsibility to work on them. With such circumstances, it appears to be simple to make grammatical, punctual and lexical errors, especially with the non-native writers. At this point, the primary reason of editors’ work becomes clear – correcting the misspellings and making the paper as close to the ideal as it could possibly be.

What methods are used to edit a research paper?

To grant a high-qualified work on editing a research paper, first things first, professional editors get rid of formatting mistakes like the wrong choice of fonts, the absence of headers or their incorrect structure, and so on. When the format and overall look of the document are set up, editors proceed to the next, the biggest and the central part – proofreading and correcting. Editing the grammar, punctual errors, odd choice of word and other lexical mistakes might take a while, however with these changes made; the paper acquires the almost entirely new look.

Aside from these facts, an interesting point must be emphasized – the natives of the specific language could determine whether the research paper is grammatically right or needs more professional work on it, so natives could also help workers in the editing process. Natives’ inclusion in correcting the mistakes that may be invisible to a non-native person, could also help in word choice that would fit better in the text.

Furthermore, if there is a list of used sources in the text, it also must be checked for reliability and proper quotation format – the correct setting of footnotes, quote marks and parentheses if needed. Reliability of the sources is really important since it is a working method of assuring readers in accuracy and preciseness of the information they perceive. Otherwise, it could give an impression of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Even so, to prevent making possible mistakes in the research paper, there is another method of checking errors in the text and the sources, used for this work. Editors cooperate with professionals in their field of activity – professors of philology and literature, science or sociology, or even with teachers, to grant the customers quality and correctness of their work. Same with the native-speaking people, professionals review the paper, analyze it and give editors direct instructions on things that need to be improved, corrected or removed from the research paper.

However, it must be noted out that there is a possibility, that the research paper was written without notable inconsistencies in text and mistakes in grammar from the very beginning, and it does not require thorough editing. Perhaps it was written by the professional writer with lots of experience, or the work itself was not hard enough to make a significant amount of errors. In this case, editors’ work may seem meaningless, but on the other side of the problem, even good works can have small mistakes, that can turn out to be significant. So, even such “perfect” research papers need to be checked twice before giving it into the customer’s hands.

To sum everything written above and to properly edit a research paper, not leaving a single mistake in it, you might need these methods:

  • correcting, proofreading and getting rid of grammatical and other kinds of errors left by the writer in the original text by editors themselves;
  • checking the reliability and actuality of the sources, if there are any;
  • inclusion into the previous one’s native-speaking people and specialists for verification and appreciation of the final version of the paper.