Research paper writing: correcting mistakes

While the initial writing process involved in creating a research paper is obviously of great importance, polishing and refining the rough draft is also a critical step—one which too many students fail to give its proper due.

Why Proofing and Editing are Important

Proofreading and editing any writing assignment is important. With research papers, it’s beyond important: it’s absolutely critical. There are few things that can undermine a student’s efforts as thoroughly as grammar and spelling mistakes, and few things which can so easily improve it as editing for flow and readability. In short, proofreading and editing can easily improve your score in two vital ways, without adding much effort. It’s more than worth your while to ensure that your paper is mistake-free.

How to Correct Research Paper Mistakes

There are two stages of research paper correction: self correction and correction using the services of an editor/proofreader. Both are important.

Initially, you’ll want to read over your finished rough draft on your own, a day to a week after finishing it. During this read-through, mark any mistakes you find and revise phrases, sentences, and paragraph structure for better flow. You’ll also want to make changes to avoid redundancy if necessary.

The second stage of correcting research paper mistakes involves the same process, this time carried out by someone other than yourself.

Why Another Editor is Necessary

There are several reasons why it’s necessary to use the services of a second editor, but all stem from the fact that it is often difficult to approach one’s own paper with a fresh eye. This is true both because your brain tends to “autocorrect” your own mistakes without alerting you to them, and because you may not be aware certain mistakes are errors at all. An experienced editor is able to read your research paper with an unsullied perspective. Another issue is flow and readability. By the time you finish a research paper, you’re deeply entrenched in the topic. However, your audience may be encountering it for the first time. A secondary editor can more truly take on the role of your target audience when reading. If your explanations aren’t sufficient, or assume too much prior knowledge of the topic, they can easily let you know.

Finding an Editor

You can find an editor among your fellow students, tutors, or even hire an online editing service to edit your paper.