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Proofreaders: We need proofreaders to check every submission for spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Some people have excellent grammar and spelling, some people have studied mechanics professionally, and some have excellent software that allows them to ferret out language errors in an article. However, even if an author were to fall into all three groups, it's always better for someone with skill and a fresh pair of eyes to look at any article. This is critical because, every article needs to be correct before it can be posted. Otherwise, they won’t look competent and professional. That's why everything has to be checked by a real, honest to gosh human. Spelling and grammar checks are wonderful tools, as is a thesaurus. I use them myself, but they are tools, not a substitute for your expertise. If you have the proofreading skills to pinpoint errors and fix up our articles for publication, click here for more info!
Editors: While proofreaders check every submission for spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., editors check every submission for Readability. Every essay is going to be read by lots of people, so it should be well written, not just "correct". There are all kinds of "grammatically acceptable" ways to write that just aren't a good idea. Editors begin where proofreaders leave off to ensure that submissions are clear, concise, and understandable. Editors also help authors find their voice, because no one wants to read every article in the same dry, "correct" tone. This includes media experts capable of editing images, audio, Flash, and / or video so that they are at their best before they're posted. Otherwise, they won’t do any good to anyone. That's why everything has to be checked by a real, honest to gosh human. If you have the editing skills to pinpoint what's good in an article or media file, polish it, and bring out its shine, click here for more info!
Researchers: We need researchers to check the factual content of every essay. Proofreaders check submissions so that all spelling and grammar is correct. Editors check submissions so that all articles are clear and easy to understand. These are important language checks for every article, but researchers make sure the content is right. This may be the most important job at Earth Chronicle. It's the soul of our website, and makes us a cut above the rest. If it's on our website you know you can trust it; our researchers are the ones who make sure that this happens. In fact, the process of researching an article, if its done correctly, will probably lead to one or more articles giving more background and tracking the history of the ideas in the original article. We encourage people to crossover, and certainly if you're learning everything you need to know in order to verify the content of an article, write additional articles yourself; that's a way for you to share what you find interesting. This is also, an excellent way for scholars, professors, and excited students to create interesting drafts of papers with quality proofreading and research support. If you’re interested in conducting research for Earth Chronicle, or sharing research that you're doing, click here for more info!