What type of manuscripts do you edit?
I revise scientific journal articles, clinical trial reports, books, NIH grant proposals, PhD dissertations, systematic review articles, short communications, essays, conference posters, abstracts, resumes (CVs), letters of correspondence with editors, website text, brochures, manuals, video transcripts, feasibility studies, white papers, patent applications, business reports and just about any formal, technical, academic or scholarly document you may have.
The majority of the manuscripts that I revise are biomedical, life sciences, biology, medical, public health, computer science, and engineering research papers; however, I have also revised a wide range of texts from the Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences. The majority of authors who use my service are scientists, scholars, many of whom are not native speakers of English. I have copyedited research papers from the following areas of study:
Aerospace / Aviation
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. For scientific manuscripts, this includes recommending language that is more formal, academic, and consistent with your field of study. This includes checking the following elements:
Word choice, including technical nomenclature
Style, including making texts more clear, coherent, and concise
Tone related to formal versus informal word choice
Rhetorical conventions and organizational structures of research papers
Textual and formatting conventions, including font size and type, margins, and spacing
I do a limited amount of content editing and fact checking. Yet, 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
Inconsistencies in statistical testing
Verifying that what is reported in the body of a research paper (results, methods, findings, etc) matches what is reported in the abstract
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 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?
Yes, I do. You can find them on this page: Examples of my Editing.
What should I do before I send you my manuscript?
Fill out the form below to get a free quote or let me know if you have questions about my editing service.