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Adam Swallow is the Commissioning Editor for economics and finance at Oxford University Press. His favourite part of this job is finding out about interesting research, and through the review process and then - hopefully - publication, being able to deliver this to the right readership.
Before joining OUP he worked as a communications consultant with Oxford Policy Management, and for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford. Prior to this Adam was the publications editor at the United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), in Helsinki, Finland. He has also worked for Routledge (Taylor & Francis) and Cambridge University Press.
Throughout these roles, across the social sciences but with a slant towards economics (because of an early-identified aptitude for working with authors who use equations in place of words), Adam has coordinated and contributed to the dissemination of books and journals, websites and datasets, policy briefs, working papers, conference materials, media and public information.
His main work is with books: the printed type but also ebooks and online versions. In considering proposals he asks researchers to consider: Who do you want to read this? What type of publication will reach them? What style of writing is appropriate? Which kind of publisher could best make this happen?
In undertaking academic writing, into whatever type of publication, we all recognise that the review process is central to the work; engage with critical comments. As authors you may not necessarily agree with the reviewers' comments. However, Adam strives to ensure that reviewers are representative of the potential readership. Engage with and address their comments. Use the opportunity to revise and acknowledge other points of view.
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