Recommendations for writing and reviewing monographs

In my years of experience correcting monographs I have seen very different mistakes … despite the guidelines I usually give to students.

The main difficulty is in the writing, especially in the fragments written by the students themselves. In addition, there are those who do not know the rules for citing bibliography, some simply copy and paste, others do not know how to take advantage of the resources of the word processors, some do not know how to design the page …

It is true that in a monograph the subject matters more than the number of pages; it matters the presentation, the prolixity, but no more than the structure and quality of the things that are said. But nevertheless:

As a rule, statistically verifiable, the editor who has problems of prolixity, syntax, spelling, has also at the level of reasoning, the logical structure of their ideas, because all these problems have a similar origin: poor technical preparation , scarce previous readings, lack of custom in writing, etc. (Ander-Egg and Valle, 1997, p.89)

Go some recommendations …

The normal first-name order is only altered in lists in alphabetical order, so if a single person is mentioned, as is the case of a teacher or a student who does the work alone, the order should not be altered.

The titles and subtitles do not carry points, two points or other signs at the end.

The text must be uniform, this means that it is necessary to check that it does not change -by carelessness- the type of letter, the space between paragraphs and between lines, the size of the margins, for example.

Check spelling and accentuation carefully and do not rely “blindly” on the spell checker. Text processors are not prepared, for example, to distinguish between “serious” and “would be” or between “practical” and “practical”, in those cases you have to be careful even if the proofreader does not mark error. On the contrary, when using technical vocabulary or terms that are correct but have not been included in dictionaries of the English language, it is necessary to ignore the corrector’s suggestions, such as “ingresantes”, “operationalization”.

The use of bullets (lists and enumerations) should not be excessive and should always be preceded by some kind of introduction, at least one sentence that indicates what is included below.

Paragraphs must be separated with a blank line or indented (depending on the limit of pages that must be respected). It is not enough to simply “enter” to indicate that you have finished a paragraph.

Each time a paragraph begins it is necessary to include a subject. It is not convenient to start by saying “Have …” what do you mean? “Why …” Why? Titles and subtitles are not part of the first sentence of a paragraph, so after a title like “APA Rules” you should not start saying “They are …”, or after the title “Nouns” you should not start “Se classify in … “but it is necessary to repeat or reformulate so that the sentence has subject.

The bibliography or bibliographical references are ordered alphabetically by the surname of the author (there is an example at the end of this writing).