Tereza Okava wrote:I translate and edit scientific/medical research for publication, and in my experience many researchers have research ability or writing skills, but only one.
Maybe what you are observing is people who know it's going to you (an editor) and thus don't bother taking it to it's finished state - they have research to do! Thus, are taking advantage of your presence - because that's what you job is & why you are there?
In my experience (as an environmental scientist) the 2 jobs (research work and writing it up as a scientific journal article) are not separated, the same person does both (actually a group of people collaborate on it) - if you can't handle the format, you don't become a research scientist (you fail from the beginning through your uni degree & certainly can't go on to honours or a doctorate)!
I'm curious, as someone who writes up research, do you have a background research science? If not, how are you able to understand the topic details, research methods, data analysis, conclusions & recommendations? I assume you do not review the work itself (a team of research scientists would do this) - it comes to you (the editor) before being sent to the journal?