ERIC Number: ED177584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Editorial Process.
Smith, Frank R.
Since a fundamental principle of communication is to adapt to the audience, authors of journal articles would be wise to familiarize themselves with their primary audience, the editor of the professional journal. Everything that an editor does results from an interplay of the editor's ideas about the purpose, scope, audience, literary quality, and physical characteristics of the journal. The editor's concept of the journal is reflected in all the chronological phases of the production process, including the search for materials, the response to queries, the evaluation of unsolicited manuscripts (sometimes using referees), and the processing of accepted manuscripts. This last phase contains details such as editing for organization and literary style, copyediting, printing galley proofs, author/editor proofreading, final (minor, necessary) alterations, cut-and-paste work on a dummy copy, reviewing page proofs, and final production. The total elapsed time from submission to publication is roughly three months to a year. This time element creates the need for patience on the author's part and emphasizes the significance of query letters, which can conserve time for both author and editor. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing for Publication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Workshop on the Teaching of Technical Writing (3rd, Carbondale, Illinois, October 12-13, 1979)