To Revise or Rewrite Anew: That is the Question
Keywords:Research question, Peer review, Jargon, Wordiness, Clear ideas
I discuss my transition from humanities to social sciences through the lens of academic writing, identifying the propensity of academic scholarship to use unnecessary jargon in lieu of concise prose to convey clearly articulated research questions. Using two recent experiences responding to peer review and one from a term as a journal editor, I highlight the importance of a strong editorial hand in guiding revisions and improving manuscripts.
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