Dojo Article Editing Policy

If your article outline or article is accepted into our editing review process, this policy informs you of what to expect during that time.

If you ever feel like these standards are not being adhered to, please raise this with dojocontent@ministryoftesting.com

Editing Review Process

  1. When the first draft of an article is turned in by the deadline date, it is reviewed by the editing team.
  2. If approved, the editing round is carried out by Melissa Eaden (EditorBoss) and/or a subject matter expert.
  3. When the editing round comments and edits are resolved, the proofreading round is carried out by another reviewer.
  4. When the second round comments and edits are resolved, a final check takes place by another reviewer. The final checker retains the final say as to whether an article is published, returns to the editing review process or is rejected.

Process Rules

  • No reviewers are to begin their review until the previous reviewer has indicated that they have finished.
  • An article must not move on to the next stage of the process until all edits and comments are resolved.
  • Once an editor has finished their review they are not to continue to give feedback on the document, unless specifically asked by the author or current reviewer.
  • All reviewers are to check that an article matches the approved article outline, where one is available.

Editing Round Reviewer

  • Changes structure, rewrites paragraphs and sentences for better flow.
  • Makes the text clearer and more understandable.
  • Uses their specialist knowledge to clarify and improve text.

Proofreading Round Reviewer

  • Resolves grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Perform fact-checking and checks the reliability of resources.
  • Proofreads, with an added expertise in ensuring style is appropriate for MoT publications.

Final Check

  • Checks readability.
  • Checks there is sufficient support for readers.

Rules Of Editing

Writers have full control of their content. All reviewers must not use “editing” mode unless it’s something simple like removing an extra space or correcting a spelling. Any changes to the context or structure should be done in “suggesting” mode so that writers can keep track of changes and correct articles as the editing process continues.

Writers are responsible for reviewing any suggestions or corrections that are made to their article. They can be accepted or rejected. The editing review team retains the final say as to whether an article is published.

Rules Of Making Comments

All reviewers should be mindful of what they are saying on someone else’s work. They should value the work writers have put into their article, but should also give critical feedback if the content is not meeting a need or might be perceived in a less positive way by readers. Reviewers should also give positive comments in articles highlighting sections that meet needs well or areas that are deemed particularly useful to readers; this helps writers by letting them know that they are on the right track.