What should you expect from a developmental editor?

Developmental editing! This sounds as an interesting term which is used too frequently in today’s term. Most of the researchers are confused in today’s time whether to take help from developmental editor or not. He is also unclear of the fact that till what extent can he get help for his work. So to satify all these questions and to come up with a final conclusion, here comes a brief note on the role of developmental editor.


First of all, you need to answer these questions; Do you know exactly how the developmental editing works? Can it really correct the typos made by the researcher? What kind of benefits can be drawn with the editor-writer relationship and what is the role of developmental editing in research submission.

So to answer these streams of questions, firstly, we need to remember the basic fact that all successful writers have worked with a developmental editor. Very often, these editors have been working for the publisher and shared titles like senior editor, executive editor, editor-in-chief, etc.

However, trends have changed and these days, authors are hiring their own independent developmental editors who are skilled in their jobs for developmental editing. Here comes the five-point tip to better explain the role of developmental editing.

  • Developmental editing offers suggestions on core intentions and goals of the book like the underlying premise, the story, character development, sensory description, narrative voice, pacing, style, language etc.
  • However, developmental editing doesn’t include correct spelling and grammar. That’s basically the job of a copy-editor.
  • The developmental editing includes clearly understanding edits.
  • It includes marking the manuscript with tracked changes, which is a function of Microsoft Word.
  • Developmental editing puts forth deletions, shifts in words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, sections or chapters, and notes that explain, question or add new suggested writing.

So now, the final call is with researcher whether he wants to accept or reject the edits. He always can retain full control over his final work.

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Steffi Loreti

Dr. Steffi Loreti has earned her PhD in Social Psychology. She has taught history and sociology for over fifteen years and has published forty seven research papers in impact factor journals. She has seven years of hands-on experience in reviewing and editing dissertations, proposals and technical manuscripts. She has chaired over 100 dissertations in the past. She has been supporting scholars through her company named 24x7 Editing, which offers detailed proofreading, editing and formatting services.

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