By now you’ve put in lots of work, organized your materials, and submitted your object history, but it’s important to remember that your submission is still a draft.

After we receive your submission, our editors will work with you to revise your draft for publication. They will almost certainly suggest many changes to your draft.

Revising is a back-and-forth process that can seem tedious or frustrating. It’s also a very important part of bringing anything to publication—although they require patience, revisions ultimately help make your work the best that it can be.

Revising. Photograph by Nic McPhee, 2008. (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Revising. Photograph by Nic McPhee, 2008. (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Since we would like to make this stage of the project as enjoyable as possible for contributors, we offer you a choice: If you would like to be involved in the revision process, we can work together to polish your work over the course of several many drafts. Or, if you prefer, our editors can make the necessary changes and then consult with you over the final version.

It’s during the revision process that our team will also contact you about any missing or additional details we may need for publication. This might include arranging to take high-quality photographs of the object or supporting materials, identifying the owner of the object or images in order to obtain copyright permissions, or asking for clarification of the sources consulted in your stories.

Revising can be a lot of work, but we’ll get through it together!

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