How Do I Find a Professional Journal Article Editor?

When looking for an editor for your journal article, consider what kind of editing or proofreading services you want or need. For example, are you interested in basic proofreading (e.g., checking for typos or grammatical errors)? Do you require editorial services (e.g., language enhancements, structure, organization, etc.)? Do you need a subject matter expert to provide a review of your content (e.g., the thoroughness of your literature review, the accuracy of your statistical analyses, or the acceptability of your conclusions)? With these options in mind, it can be helpful to know what exactly you are seeking so that you find the right editor for your article. For your proofreading and editorial service needs, it is quick and easy to choose an Editor World professional to assist you. While it can be beneficial to find an editor whose academic background or work experiences align with your subject matter, nearly any qualified editor can assist you with your basic editing needs.

Once you decide on an editor, it never hurts to provide a copy of the journal’s publication guidelines with your manuscript so that he or she can help you to make sure your article meets all requirements. These guidelines typically appear under a heading called “For Authors” or “Submit a Manuscript” on the journal’s website, and specify the journal’s preferred style guide, word count limitations, and formatting requirements, which your editor can review to assist you in making your manuscript conform to these expectations.

If you need a subject matter expert, spend some time exploring Editor World’s wide range of professionals. Our editors feature a variety of subject matter expertise, in addition to experience in academic editing and publishing. Try going to the “Editors” tab and then filter your search by clicking on the “Academic” option before you search. If you have questions for one or more prospective editors, you can always send them a direct message through the website.

Journal article consultation services are notably pricier than the services provided by Editor World, but might be a good option if you require a high level of technical, methodological, or subject matter expertise and cannot find an editor with a similar skillset or experience. It can also be helpful to contact the managing editor of your target journal, or even a fellow researcher or colleague, and ask for his or her recommendations in identifying an outside reviewer. Whatever route you choose, make sure that your manuscript is in the best possible shape when you send it to the journal for review. An academic paper filled with typos or poor grammar automatically loses credibility, even if the findings are valuable.