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CyberCypher turpitued:

And I have the same problem with my Taiwanese medical ... they don't know the difference and are happy to foolow

Should have been "follow", of course.
the leader without thinking critically about what they've said.

Right at the beginning of my research career I had no difficulty in seeing that the writing in most research ... response was something like "Yes, but my proof is the first using a geometric method". The editor accepted the paper.

"Eminent researcher" plus "first using a geometric method" did the trick, I'm sure. A lot of what is published is based on academic politics. I've sometimes had to play politics in responses to reviewers.Medical journals are keyed to data and comprehensible writing, not necessarily good writing. At least 80% of the papers I've revised over the past 8 years have been accepted, and on a few occasions, only because of my revision despite the desirable data's being there. That is to say, in one case, the author threw so much data at the reviewers that they were overwhelmed because the author failed to provide a hypothesis. He couldn't, so I did and revised the paper accordingly.

It was accepted without comment. In another case, the information for a case report about a new type of oral cancer was all there, and the journal really wanted to publish it but could not because the writing was incomprehensible. I revised it and it was published. In the first case, the writing mattered a great deal because the editor was a stickler for good writing. In the second case, however, all the editor wanted was something comprehensible, not obvious Chinese English.
There are a few other papers that required a thorough revision of the organization as well as the prose. They were all published after I'd revised them.
I have returned a few papers to authors and told them that there was no chance that the papers would be published. I don't like to waste my time on papers that I know are worthless.

Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor
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CyberCypher turpitued:

And I have the same problem with my Taiwanese medical ... foolow the leader without thinking critically about what they've said.

Right at the beginning of my research career I had no difficulty in seeing that the writing in most research ... to imitate the turgid and obfuscatious style that was (and still is) fashionable, my acceptance rate jumped to almost 100%.

I have twice had papers rejected by reviewers who commented that the writing was very articulate in a way that made it clear that this was a serious criticism.

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