Resources and posts about the process of editing and the process at WEX

Writers’ Exchange “Ask the Editor”: ORCID

2020-02-08T11:41:07+00:00

What is my ORCID Number? 

ORCID Scholar Number: 

 

 AU doctoral students are required to include their ORCID number on the title page of their dissertation. Doing so, will ensure that the dissertation and your identity are protected and acknowledged. Similar to periodicals having individual DOIs, the ORCID number becomes a researcher’s digital identification. 

The […]

Specific Guidelines for Enhanced Readability

2019-11-07T18:13:38+00:00
  • State your purpose explicitly. Make your issue very clear.
  • Make the topic of each section and paragraph visually prominent.
    • Use headings and subheadings appropriately and correctly
    • Place topic sentences in the beginning of paragraphs
  • Maintain the topic in the reader’s mind by referring to it frequently
    • Readers (especially with lengthy, dense material) prefer an […]

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

2019-11-13T00:28:23+00:00

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

We’ve asked the WEX editors about the common APA errors they’re seeing in dissertations and have created this list in the hopes writers might have an advantage in self-editing their dissertations.[1]  Here we go:

Table of Contents:

  • Inconsistent wording from the heading in […]

Rules with Academic Degrees

2019-11-12T01:09:42+00:00

WEX has had a few questions in the past couple of months regarding ways of acknowledging academic degrees in our writing, and we hope this posting would help clarify the rules.  

Capitalization: In the academy we might feel compelled to capitalize all our degrees as well as subject areas. […]

Reading Your Reader

2019-11-18T22:22:13+00:00Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“You need a comma here. Also, what does this sentence mean?”

I know unclear comments are just a part of getting feedback, but I still do a double-take when I see them. What were you, my reader, thinking? Did you mean my sentence is unclear, and adding a comma will make it clear? Or did you […]

Formatting Tips for Track Changes

2019-11-18T22:25:02+00:00Tags: , , , , |

Wex Editors use “Track Changes” for their in-text corrections and comments. When working with tracked changes and/or comments to a document, you’re going to want to access the “review” section of MS Word.

When your document has been reviewed using Track Changes, you must take the extra step to “Accept” or “Reject” all changes and comments. […]

Striving for Imperfection

2019-11-18T22:36:49+00:00Tags: , , , |

When I was a young writer, I saw the written word as carefully crafted and immaculate. Writing was the transfer of knowledge from the expert to me. To be a writer, I believed I had to stand behind the lectern of perfection and enlighten my audience with flawless ideas—but such writing always eluded me. I […]

Learning to Accept Feedback

2019-11-20T04:07:40+00:00Tags: , , , |

When I finish a draft, I want to hear how a reader reacts to my thinking and the way I’ve expressed it. I know from experience that this feedback will help make my next draft clearer and more effective.

But knowing feedback’s value doesn’t keep me from pushing back against what I’m hearing, from thinking, momentarily, […]

Find a Community of Writers

2019-11-20T05:24:31+00:00Tags: , |

You don’t have to write alone!

Recently I found myself re-reading Stephen King’s memoir On Writing. While King writes with a delightful irreverence, he offers a very grounded, no-nonsense perspective about writing. As I read this time, I noticed a recurrent theme that King writes within a deliberate community of other writers.

We […]