Dealing with Language Problems – Journal Editor’s Feedback
Rejection is rarely easy to accept, and when that rejection comes from the acquisitions editor of a scholarly journal or press, it is always unwelcome to the busy academic or scientist. Such news can be extremely discouraging, and when the reason for rejection is ineffective or incorrect language, there is often an element of insult added to the injury. Scholars are highly educated, after all, and deeply informed in their areas of specialisation, and in many academic and scientific circles there is an assumption that excellent writing skills are naturally akin to the scholarly temperament. It may come as a comfort, if a mixed one, to recognise that they are not, and to accept the fact that writing well, especially when reporting sophisticated research and ideas, is a difficult task, even for those who are masters of language.