B – Copy-editing of research papers

Joshi Y. Copy-editing of research papers: who and why and why not. Current Science 2013;104(2):171

This commentary explores the “who and why” of copy-editing. The need for copy-editing to ensure the quality of research papers and the importance of hiring an editor with language and subject expertise are evinced. According to the author, it is tempting to believe that a good copy-editing contributes to raising the  impact factor of a journal, but he couldn’t find any research to support this assumption. Current Science is among the few Indian journals to maintain a stable of copy-editors, in-house and otherwise. Most Indian journals do not for a variety reasons, probably the most common being that the majority of journals don’t run on professional lines.