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How to Edit a Manuscript

Learning to edit your work and that of others takes practice and patience. The tips and resources on this page will help you learn to effectively edit a manuscript you have written.

If you are preparing or editing a manuscript for a CARLA Working Paper, including the SLA Student Symposium Proceedings, please adhere to APA Style guidelines and follow our in-house manuscript preparation guidelines (PDF).

Editing Tips for Authors

  1. Define key terminology and use it consistently.

  2. Use past tense when reporting on previously published research.

  3. Avoid using the passive voice.

  4. Use the Oxford comma before the words “and” and “or” in lists of three or more words.

  5. Check that all references cited in the text are listed in the bibliography and vice versa.

  6. Verify the accuracy of your references, including year, author name(s), page numbers, and so on.

  7. Ask a friend or colleague to read your work for content.

  8. If English is not your first language, consider asking a first-language speaker to read for form.

  9. Proofread, proofread, proofread!

  10. Consult the useful list of tips from Forbes.



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