Research papers keep coming up every now and then, during a student’s academic period. It becomes almost a regular exercise as they move higher up in their educational levels. It is important to put in enough effort to excel in these assignments as they become the criteria for the judgement of your skills in your subject. Editing your research paper before submitting it, is very important, in order to avoid accidental mistakes.
Research paper writing itself is a tedious project and most students find it even more difficult because they don’t plan ahead. There are many instances where they do not bother to worry about their assignment till the day before the deadline. And when this happens, the final result will be a badly written research paper, with not much relevant content and full of grammatical and structural errors and spelling mistakes. Some of the hastily written papers end up longer than permitted and most of them remain too short to be allowed.
To avoid such mistakes, you should always plan your research ahead and keep aside enough time for editing the document, before submitting it. What are the things you should look for while editing your research paper?
First and foremost, check the page limit or word limit, whichever is applicable. If the document is too short, find more information to add to it. If you do not have time for that, stretch the information you already have, making sure it doesn’t sound repetitive. Elaborate it long enough to fill the necessary number of sheets.
But if you have a draft which has exceeded the page limit, then you are in for a bit of a time-consuming job. There are a lot of things which you have to keep in mind while editing your research paper. Unless done properly, an editing job can leave the paper looking worse than before.
Read your draft at least twice to find out what information is there in it, which could be removed without affecting the rest of the paper. If you have structured your writing into paragraphs it might be easier to remove a whole paragraph if it is not so relevant. Another option is to cut down on the descriptive part of your paper. But whichever way you are planning to go about your editing, at the end of it, go through it once again and see if:
• The deleted information was indeed the least important ones.
• The paragraphs are still connected.
• The editing has changed the structure of any sentences.
• You have cited all the sources
The structure changes if you are deleting a part of a sentence. Sometimes, if not done efficiently, the structure of the sentence might go as wrong as to make no sense at all. And sometimes when a whole paragraph is edited the one before it and the one after it may not connect. These are the possible errors which can happen as a result of editing. And it can be figured out only if you re-read your work after editing.
If you don’t have the time or energy to edit your research paper, you also have the option of getting it done by professionals. But do not ever submit a work, whether it is a term paper, research paper, dissertation or an essay, without editing it.