1 November 1999 The Red Pencil
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Lately the SPIE journals editorial staff has been scanning additional pages of the manuscript so that I can get a better feel for the quality of writing beyond the abstract before I assign an Associate Editor to the paper. Based on my ability to understand and follow the initial exposition, I can decide whether to assign the paper or return it to the authors without review with an appropriate explanation. Although this may seem a bit severe, I believe the authors and the reviewers will gain in the long run because the reviews will be more timely and we do not place demands on our reviewers that make their evaluation more difficult.
Donald C. O'Shea, Donald C. O'Shea, } "The Red Pencil," Optical Engineering 38(11), (1 November 1999). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.602327 . Submission:

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