Editing and finishing

What’s happening in academic publishing?

“One of the problems these days is that publishers want to spend less and less on editing and they want the books turned round more quickly. I know friends who have lost jobs because they want to do too much work on the text.”

“It’s hard work editing because academics are under pressure to publish. Many academics are writing even though they don’t want to write, and they have increasing bureaucratic work on top of that. Publishers are accepting text and publishing it to strict deadlines without sending it back to authors for the necessary corrections to be made. Commissioning editors seem to be accepting anything if it is on time. The problem is that many academics seem able to get away with it. They imagine they can turn out a book by writing at weekends, so they knock out a text, and they hand it over when it is at the first-draft stage.”