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Editing Research

The author editing approach to providing
effective support to writers of research papers

Published by Information Today, Inc. (26 September 2016)
244 pages softbound and e-book
ISBN 978-157387531-8
Regular price, USD 49.50
Available from the publisher and most online booksellers

Publisher's summary

Editors who work directly with academic researchers, helping to make their draft manuscripts suitable for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, refer to themselves as "authors' editors." As a profession, author editing has been around for more than a half-century, but its role in research communication is often underappreciated and sometimes misunderstood. In this book, authors' editor and former researcher Valerie Matarese documents the history of author editing and illustrates, through interviews with experienced editors, the varied ways in which these language professionals support researchers in their efforts to publish. Editing Research fills a void in the historical record of academic publishing and provides an up-to-date account of how authors' editors facilitate research communication and contribute to good publication practice.


"Sheds light on the hidden world of authors' editors and demonstrates the valuable work they do."
—Elizabeth Wager, Publications Consultant, Sideview

"A deeply researched and masterfully written book ... at once an academic source, a practical manual, and an essential guide for anyone aspiring to this profession of burgeoning importance in contemporary science."
—Daniele Fanelli, Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University

"Impressively researched ... covers a huge range of topics and issues around the author editing process. Exceptional in its originality and breadth of coverage, and as a source of references on the topic."
—John Flowerdew, Professor, Department of English, City University, Hong Kong


Download the full-text of the Table of Contents, Foreword, Preface, sample chapter (Chapter 10. Synthesis and Projection), and About the Author


Journal of Second Language Writing, 2017; 35: 35-37

"... a very complete account of the work of a professional group, known as 'authors' editors', who provide editing support for research writers. ... an extremely useful bibliographic resource ... provides a window into the professional practices of a group who have, until recently, been largely invisible to many ... importantly, it offers advice on best practices to the authors' editor and to institutions seeking and evaluating these services. ... a very readable text and a valuable addition to one's professional library" —Sally Burgess

Medical Writing, 2017; 26: 58

"... a vivid dialog about research editors, a peek inside their culture, and a practical guide ... a history of author editing, a guide to entering the profession, an escort through a swamp of terminology, and – most of all – an engaging argument for authors' editors and their work. I would recommend it to anyone interested in an editing career" —Nathan Susnik

EditorMom blog, Tuesday 26 July 2016

"a well-written, important resource for those who need to know more about editing for authors of scholarly manuscripts" —Katharine O'Moore-Klopf

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Editing Research - front cover

Editing Research - back cover