Editing ensures that articles are in the best possible shape for publication. Accepted articles are edited for clarity, cohesion, substance, and style.
The editor retains the right to make the final decision on editorial content and style.
WEF has developed its own editorial style that dictates grammatical preferences and how words are treated. All published articles are edited to conform to this style. However, the editors recognize that each writer has a unique writing style, and every effort is made to preserve that style.
Once an article has been edited, it is sent back to the author for final review. Authors also may be asked to revise their articles or provide additional information
Some of the style rules followed by World Water magazines:
- Feature articles typically contain 900 (1-page layout), 1800 (2-page layout) or 2400 words.
- Longer articles may be cut or published as multipart series.
- Because the World Water magazines are not peer-reviewed, ideas, data, and other material should be attributed when necessary within the text rather than in footnotes.
- Promotional language will be removed and may result in rejection of the article.
- Articles should be written in third person.
- Articles should use the metric units of measurement system.
- Authors submitting articles that contain English units will be asked to provide conversions. For example: The pipe is 102 mm (4 in.) long.
- WEF uses the term water resource recovery facility instead of wastewater treatment plant. Likewise, facility is preferable to plant.