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We’d like to give our reliable writers an important heads up about what’s happening next week:
- The OWJ staff is going to be out of the office on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. If you submit questions during this time, there may be a delay in response time. Communication will resume as normal on Tuesday, May 26.
- We will be conducting site updates for a few hours on Wednesday, May 27. The site will be down during that time. This is a rare occurrence for us. However, we’ll need to shut down the site to make these necessary changes.
- Because of these delays, please note that you may see a delay in editing time beyond the normal turnaround time. Please plan accordingly, and communicate with us early if you have any issues/concerns.
As always, we appreciate the work you do with us on OWJ. Let’s continue to produce great work!
Your In-House Editing Team
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