Principles of Substantive Editing

You may have thoroughly discussed all paper sections according to the paper requirements: provided an attention-grabbing introduction, consulted outside sources, properly discussed the topic, and written a logical conclusion. You might have even contributed to some research by introducing some novelty to the sphere of research. Nonetheless, if the information you have discussed is not logically organized, your target audience will find it hard to get the central idea that you aim to convey. Maybe you lack specific examples or do not interest the reader from the very first sentences. If some of these are true, then your paper will probably be a failure.

At this point, substantive editing will be of immense help. What does it involve? To put it simply, it is a comprehensive evaluation and thorough analysis of the paper as a whole. Techniques of substantive editing help make sure that the ideas are logically and consistently developed.

What Substantive Editing Includes

  1. Analysis of the whole paper as an inseparable unit;
  2. Analysis of each section, body paragraph, sentence, and phrase;
  3. Suggestions what needs to be revised;
  4. Recommendations for restructuring information or changing the order of sections or paragraphs;
  5. Suggestions for deleting unnecessary (or irrelevant) information.

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Why Substantive Editing Is Necessary

If you are sure that the paper structure is logical, then you might not require substantive editing. However, if the topic is new for you and there is a probability that you have omitted some important information or, on the contrary, provided some of irrelevant data, then addressing services offering substantive editing is the fundamental step that might help you move in the right direction.

If you hesitate on whether the way you have structured your paper is the right one, you also need substantive editing. Doubt is a sign that you are not sure whether your paper will deserve a good grade. Therefore, at this point, it is time to ask help from some editing service.

Before grammar editing or proofreading, substantive editing is a core step that can polish your paper in terms of relevance of certain example, vocabulary choice, and other aspects relating to the content in general. Maybe your paper needs more logical structure and better transitions between paragraphs? Maybe some ideas need specific development?

The main task of a substantive editor is to analyze your paper narrowing the scope to some smaller structural parts. As such, the editor will suggest how to make the ideas development stronger. Even the slightest recommendations could help your paper attain a new perspective.

What Is Not Included in Substantive Editing

Ideally, substantive editing is finished at the beginning of writing the final draft. It does not entail any line editing or copy editing services. The first step is to ensure the basic structure and paragraph order are present. Second, it is necessary to check on the relevant examples, points of discussion, and conclusion.

The Rates of Substantive Editing

Substantive editing differs depending on the type of academic writing, its length, and scope. There is different pricing for editing essays, research papers, and thesis papers. Therefore, it is advisable to look through all details before ordering this service. 

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