Jun 302014
 
AJE’s New Author Resource Center

We’re moving! We’re building out our community on aje.com and have decided that it’s time to bring our blog and author resources home. From now on, AJE’s newest educational content, including our weekly editing tips, will be published on our Author Resource Center (ARC) site. Please visit the ARC for instructive articles with monthly themes, [...]

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Jun 242014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: More Easy Ways to Reduce Word Counts

In previous posts, we offered several suggestions for reducing your manuscript’s word count, including choosing efficient verbs and phrasing, decreasing redundancy, avoiding extraneous words, and removing filler phrases. We have also discussed the use of abbreviations and acronyms to further reduce word counts, although this approach should not be overused. Today, we highlight three additional [...]

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Jun 172014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of phrases or words that are used to link two ideas. One correlative conjunction, “both…and,” was discussed as part of a previous editing tip of the week. Other common examples include “either…or,” “neither…nor,” “not only…but also,” and “not…but.” Here, we review the use of these additional correlative conjunctions and how they [...]

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Jun 102014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: Crafting an Appropriate Running Title

Many journals require that a running title, also known as a running head or short title, be included in submitted manuscripts. This shortened form of the main title, usually cited at the top of each published page of an article, serves to guide readers browsing a print journal, shuffling loose printed pages, or toggling between [...]

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Jun 062014
 
Key Questions to Ask of Your Humanities Research

The informative article “Contributing to the Academic Conversation: Key Questions to Ask of Your Humanities Research” is currently available on AJE’s new Author Resource Center (ARC) website. This piece discusses the need to consider a research article in the humanities as a contribution to a larger discourse and outlines important questions to consider in this [...]

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Jun 032014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: When to Use Abbreviations

Technical fields are loaded with abbreviations and acronyms whose meanings experts take for granted. In a manuscript, it may be especially tempting to abbreviate terms to meet word count targets and to make otherwise long sentences more readable. However, abbreviation overuse can instead reduce readability, forcing a non-specialist reader to pause and refer back to [...]

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May 302014
 
Understanding Submission and Publication Fees

The article “Understanding Submission and Publication Fees” was recently published on AJE’s Author Resource Center (ARC) site as part of May’s focus on journal targeting and tailoring. This piece explains the pre- and post-acceptance fees charged by both traditional and open access journals and provides insight into the purposes and effects of these fees. To [...]

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May 272014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: Writing in Gender-Neutral Language

Writing in gender-neutral language is relevant to the sciences and the humanities alike, ensuring that your manuscript is broadly accessible and maximally clear. Today, we highlight several strategies for writing in a gender-neutral manner, including avoiding the use of “he” and “his” by pluralizing a sentence. Please visit AJE’s new Author Resource Center for the [...]

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May 232014
 
Publishing on Behalf of Others

The article “Publishing on Behalf of Others”, recently published on AJE’s Author Resource Center (ARC) site, describes the need to be mindful of both accuracy and ethics when submitting research findings on colleagues’ behalf. Specific recommendations include good recordkeeping throughout experimentation, active communication, proper contribution and attribution, and vigilance regarding errors. To read more, refer [...]

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May 202014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: Indefinite Article Use with Abbreviations

Although proper article usage is generally a challenging aspect of writing in English, deciding which indefinite article to use (a or an) is relatively straightforward. As outlined in a previous post, a is used when a noun or adjective begins with a consonant sound, whereas an is implemented before a vowel sound. Consonants are often [...]

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