Taylor & Francis has implemented new copyediting technology to support faster publication speed across its portfolio of 2500 academic journals.
‘Contextualized Copyediting’ uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to assess and score the language quality of articles accepted into Taylor & Francis journals, so that they can be routed to an appropriate level of copyediting. The goal is to eliminate unnecessary production time on articles that don’t need editing.
Stewart Gardiner, Global Production Director for Taylor & Francis journals, commented, “our perspective on this is simple: if an article needs work, we should be copyediting it. If an article doesn’t need work, we should leave it alone. What we should not be doing is applying the same level of intervention to authors’ works regardless of the language quality.”
Research carried out by Taylor & Francis’s author services partner Editage has shown that the biggest improvement journal publishers can make to the author experience is to reduce the time it takes for articles to get published.
“We find that the emerging generation of researchers is used to the immediacy of expression that comes with social media and doesn’t always understand why it takes so long for their article to appear online”, says Gardiner. “As journal publishers we will render ourselves obsolete if we don’t respond to our authors’ expectations. I want to get to the point where, if an author’s article gets accepted on Monday, they receive a typeset proof on Tuesday, return it on Wednesday, and are published on Thursday. To get there we need to remove unnecessary human intervention, including copyediting work.”
Taylor & Francis journals has renewed partnerships with three vendors to support its Contextualized Copyediting program: Integra Software Services, Cenveo Publisher Services, and NovaTechset. The suppliers were selected based on the innovation they demonstrated in applying language analysis technology at appropriate points in the prepress workflow.
“We have spent six months piloting this technology with several suppliers”, said Gardiner. “The results have been very positive. We surveyed our authors and editors and the data shows a high level of confidence with the quality of copyediting in articles selected for the minimal intervention route.”
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