Faculty Editing Service
The Faculty Editing Service is designed to help faculty members polish manuscripts in order to improve the chances that the manuscripts will be accepted for publication. First, advanced editing students (both paid assistants and unpaid interns) edit the manuscripts; second, an experienced editor reviews the students’ work, both to ensure that the manuscripts are well edited and to give feedback and mentoring to the students. Manuscripts receive a light edit:
- Our focus is on grammar, usage, punctuation, organization, and clarity.
- We will not check your references for accuracy, but at your request we will ensure that your references match the preferred style of the target publication.
- BYU faculty and staff may submit manuscripts.
- Manuscripts may be of any length.
The service is free to faculty members whose colleges support the service (currently the College of Humanities, the College of Engineering and Technology, and the Marriot School of Management). Some colleges have decided to support their faculty’s use of the service on a case by case basis, so check with your dean about the possibility of such support.
Other faculty members are charged a modest fee to cover the time spent by the service’s managing editor in reviewing and polishing the students’ work; because students edit the manuscripts first, the managing editor can review the manuscript more quickly, primarily to ensure the quality of the students’ work. You can estimate the fee based on approximately 5 to 10 pages per hour, at $18 per hour (the result is significantly less than the fees charged by freelance editors in this region for comparable services). There is no charge for the services of the director of the HPC, who administers the service and sometimes also reviews manuscripts.
Funding to support the Faculty Editing Service is being sought from other colleges whose faculty members use the service. We hope that sufficient funding will soon be found so that it will be unnecessary to charge any fee for service.
Contact Mel Thorne (422-1719, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project. The HPC's editorial board will review the request and set a priority for the project if it is approved. (Usually the only reason for not approving a project is that it will not fit into the workload that the HPC can handle—and even then, the result is usually only a delay rather than lack of approval.)