||Substantive editing is an interactive process that involves querying authors for additional information or clarification; secondary reviews ensure that outstanding issues have been resolved and incorporated without introducing errors.
- Ensure logical flow and organization; ensure that the document “speaks with one voice” (multiple authors) and that tone and language are consistent;
- Assess adequacy of introductory and transitional material; eliminate overly complex, excessively wordy, and difficult-to-follow language and ensure that the language and material is appropriate for the intended audience;
- Check facts and accuracy of content and determine whether the material is complete;
- Ensure that the writing is clear and compelling.