Congratulations! You found AES, Academic English Solutions, one of the more economical, timely, dependable professional editing services online. My name is Jim Hesson. I own and run AES. I understand that as a researcher or scholar, publishing your manuscript is a distinguishing moment in your career; hence, you aim for impeccable, high-quality presentation of your work. My primary goal is to revise the English language of your text, paying close attention to various details and textual conventions, making it more clear, concise, and coherent, helping you tell your best research story, so that it is ultimately accepted for publication.

 

Please read my testimonials and compare my prices with some of the 

larger well known editing services and you will see that I offer a more responsive, inexpensive, personal and customized service. This is what keeps my customers coming back for many

years now.

I have revised over 1,800 research papers and scientific manuscripts, many of which have been published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals such as Nature, Cell, PLOS One, and Science Magazine.


I revise scientific journal articles, NIH grant proposals, books, 

dissertations, meta analyses, review articles, short communications, academic essaysPowerPoint slides, 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 other formal documents. 

The majority of texts that I revise are biomedical, medical, 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, and researchers who are non-native speakers of English. Yet, I also have revised grant proposals, dissertations, powerpoint presentations, and research articles for native-speakers of English as well.

 

My service involves copyediting ranging from light to heavy, but for most manuscripts, this involves  medium to heavy copyediting. Below you can find details on the items I edit. 

MECHANICAL EDITING:
Editing at this level includes following a style manual's preferences for these items:

 

  • Punctuation 

  • Spelling 

  • Capitalization 

  • Hyphenation

  • Italicization, underscoring, and boldfaced type

  • Abbreviations, including acronyms

  • Presentation of numbers and statistics

  • International system of units

LANGUAGE EDITING:

Editing at this level involves aligning the language of your manuscript with conventional and idiomatic English. For scientific and scholarly manuscripts, this includes selecting word choice that is more formal, academic, and consistent with your field of study. This includes checking the following elements:

  • Grammar

  • 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 

CONTENT EDITING

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

  • Content editing 

  • 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

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

I align manuscripts with the style manuals listed below. Journals, magazines, and book publishers typically adopt an in-house style based on these well-known manuals.

 

The Chicago Manual of Style 

American Medical Association Manual of Style


Council of Scientific Editors

 

American Psychological Association 

New Oxford Style Manual

Modern Language Association

The American Chemical Society

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.

I am a member in good-standing with the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and have earned their essential editing skills certification for medical writers. I am also a member of the San Diego Professional Editors Network, The Society of Editing, and the San Diego Science Writers Association. I am in the process of earning a certification as a board-certified editor of the life sciences from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences.

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