All's Well that Reviews Well


Listen to this interview of David Shepherd, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Systems and Software (together with Paris Avgeriou). David Shepherd is Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. We talk about writing well, researching well, reviewing well.

David Shepherd : "No, with the manuscripts we screen and review and publish, it's not about language. So, we know that most scientists are writing in not their first language. And for us, it's just not about that. I mean, some of the best papers I've read even have some kind of weird phrases that make me think that maybe the authors didn't grow up speaking English as their first language. But the logic in those papers is just so clear that no one worries about that kind of little phrasing stuff. Because, the thing that an experienced editor looks for is just clear logic."


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