“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Gimme Proof(s)

I'm about to link to a PDF of an essay published in Volume. But before I do I wanted to warn you that since there was no proof stage, and since the essay was hypercorrected in two rather crucial places, the publication makes me look like a bit of an idiot.

I'll list the corrections when I post the link.

The reason given for the errors is that the corrections were made transparently with "track changes." But track changes had been turned off on the version I received.

And that's not correct protocol anyway. One queries changes to an author's prose that are not obvious errors.

I know, I used to edit Eighteenth-Century Studies, which is the flagship journal in its field.

A set of proofs would have prevented this from happening.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ugh. I feel your pain. I'm dealing with an editor who has messed with my sentences and now I'm trying to mess them right back and it's turning into a battle of wills.... over an essay on compassion, of all things. If the thing comes out with my name on it, I'm changing my name and moving to an undisclosed locale.