We can edit scientific documents of any type, from a short paper to a book chapter to a thesis. No job is too small! We offer two basic levels of editing service, depending on the degree of thoroughness that you require:
- Language-only editing. Focussing on the language, we will edit for correctness and legibility. We will ensure that spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct and consistent, and that the English is clear. Even well-written papers can benefit from the attention of an experienced editor!
- Substantive editing. Looking beyond language, we will additionally check the structure of the manuscript, and its adherence to appropriate standards of reporting. We will identify issues such as missing information, and flaws in context and flow. This level of refinement can help to make your writing as clear and robust as possible, allowing reviewers and journal editors focus on your scientific message.
If you have any doubts about the level of editing that you need, please e-mail us and ask. We are happy to look over your document in confidence, and with no obligation. Please note that we can only edit documents in English, although enquiries in Spanish are also welcome.
Please remember that editing is not a substitute for peer-review, and it is not possible to guarantee the acceptance of a manuscript for publication.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any specific requirements, such as editing into American or British English, please let us know when you submit the document. We will then agree the extent of editing required with you, and give you a firm quote and confirm a time scale for returning your submission. We will usually complete work on your document within five working days, although longer documents may require more time. If you need a faster turnaround please let us know, and we may be able to arrange it. Once we have agreed everything with you, we will get to work on editing your document! Of course, all submissions will be treated as confidential.
We can work with Microsoft Word files, or documents in the Rich Text or Apple Pages formats. In all of these cases all changes will be tracked, so that you can see them individually. We also welcome plain text formats, including LaTeX, in which case we will supply a document showing the differences between the original and the edited version, as well as the final edited document. If you’d like to discuss proofreading of a file in another format, please get in touch.
We generally charge per 100 words of edited text, or part thereof, making the costs completely transparent. However, if you would prefer to be charged based on an hourly rate, please get in touch to discuss your requirements and obtain a quote.
The prices below are per 100 words for typical manuscripts, although documents requiring rapid turnaround or very extensive editing may be subject to higher rates. (A final rate will always be agreed with you before we start work.) All invoices will be charged in UK pounds sterling, but equivalent prices in other currencies are provided for your convenience.
Please note that currency exchange rates are approximate, for guidance only. They are based on rates from xe.com at the time of writing (September 2017), but you should double-check current exchange rates to be sure of the cost to you. Payments are handled by Paypal, which accepts all major credit cards.
If you have any further questions please get in touch! We’ll be very glad to help.