What type of manuscripts do you edit?
I revise scientific journal articles, NIH grant proposals, PhD dissertations, FDA submissions, continuing medical education materials (CME), monographs (scholarly books), randomized controlled trials, observational studies, case reports, systematic review articles, short communications, conference proceedings, conference posters, abstracts, resumes (CVs), letters of correspondence with editors, medical blogs, biotech industry websites, product brochures, manuals, video transcripts, feasibility studies, white papers, patent applications, business reports, marketing materials, and just about any formal, technical, academic, or scholarly document you may have.
Are you familiar with the process of publishing in peer-reviewed journals?
I edit a wide variety of manuscripts and texts, but I have a great deal of experience in editing scientific manuscripts. Specifically, I have revised over 1,900 scientific journal articles, many of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Cell, PNAS, Science Magazine, Biomaterials Science, the International Journal of Infectious Disease, PLOS ONE, Pharmaceutics, Materials and Design, MDPI Molecules, MDPI Pharmaceuticals, the Journal of Chromatography B, the Journal of Shock and Hemodynamics, the International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Wear: An International Journal on the Science and Technology of Friction, Lubrication and Wear, and various IEEE journals, to name a few. Before beginning editing of a scientific journal article, I typically consult the guidelines for authors of the specific journals that authors plan to submit their article to.
Who uses your editing service?
The majority of authors who use my service are researchers, scientists, physicians, scholars, graduate students, and associates from high-tech, pharmaceutical, and biomedical industries.
What specific areas of research have you worked with?
The majority of the manuscripts that I revise are from biomedical, medical, life sciences, veterinary, dentistry, soil science, chemistry, pharmacology, computer science, and engineering fields. However, I have revised a wide range of texts from all the physical sciences, natural sciences, arts and humanities, and social sciences, including papers from the following areas of study:
Health Economics and Outcomes Research
Interface and colloid science
What specifically do you edit in a manuscript?
My service involves light to heavy copyediting. Below you can find details on specific items I edit.
This includes following guidelines of a style manual for these items:
Italicization, underscoring, and boldfaced type
Abbreviations, including acronyms
Tables, artwork and graphs
Presentation of numbers and statistics
International system of units
This involves aligning the language of your manuscript with conventional and idiomatic English. This includes checking the following elements:
Word choice, including technical nomenclature
Style, including making texts more clear, concise, and coherent
Tone, involves ensuring that the word choice of your manuscript is appropriate for your audience and type of manuscript you are writing.
Rhetorical conventions and organizational structures of scientific manuscripts
Textual and formatting conventions, including font size and type, margins, and spacing, and other typography issues
I do a limited amount of content editing and fact checking, depending on whether customers request this. At a minimum, if I see clear irregularities with basic facts and content, I will query the author about these items. This may include the following:
Fact-checking in trusted sources and referencing the literature
Numbers that do not add up or missing data
issues in reporting statistical test results
Verifying that what is reported in the body of a paper matches what is reported in the abstract
Spot check for plagiarism
Correlating parts involves verifying that sections of a manuscript logically and consistently connect. Some items I check include:
Checking for consistency between in-text references to tables and figures and correctly labeling these items
Checking description in captions and labelling against content of tables and figures
Verifying in-text citations and footnotes against references
Cross checking table of contents with manuscript
Checking alphabetization and other elements of the bibliography and reference list
Can you align my manuscript with a writing style guide?
I align manuscripts with the style manuals listed below. Journals, academic institutions, and book publishers typically adhere to one of these style manuals or they develop and follow their own particular in-house style preferences. If you are unsure as to what style you should follow, check out the guidelines for authors page on the journal you are targeting. If you are writing a dissertation, your affiliated university or institution will prescribe these guidelines. Check out this list of gold-standard guidelines preferred according to field of study.
Do you have any samples of the editing work you do?
What should I do before I send you my manuscript?
What should I do after you revise my manuscript?
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