International scientific publications require a high technical standard of written English. Experienced authors know this. They also know that they cannot correct their own work – simply because they have looked at it for too long. With fresh eyes, we will find your typos and correct your punctuation. For non-native speakers, the challenge is even greater. You have all the problems that native speakers have. Additionally, your native language influences your style. A good editor will standardise your syntax and vocabulary, and perfect your punctuation.
All documents must be sent electronically. We can work in .odt, .doc, .docx or LaTeX formats. We record (track) changes as necessary (see some samples) and add any questions or comments. For short documents, we return the manuscript when all the work is complete. Longer documents may be returned in parts as they completed.
A free bonus
Everyone loves a free bonus. Checking the references of any research paper is a boring, but essential chore. We will cross-check your references for free (see the Rates page for more details). The means that we check that all the references cited in the text appear in the references and all the citations listed in the references appear in the text.
Journals and conferences often have a strict word limits for articles and papers. Your 10,000 word masterpiece will never be accepted if the journal sets an 8,000 word limit for articles – no matter how well it is written. If you plan to submit your article or paper to a specific journal or conference and you are struggling with the word count, let us know. It is almost always possible to shorten your text to the required length.
A sexy title
The purpose of your research paper title is, of course, to accurately reflect the content of the paper, but it is also your first opportunity to attract the attention of your peers. Which would you read first, ‘How to write sexy article titles’ or ‘Author guidelines for article titles’? We can often suggest an alternative, more appealing title for your paper.
Reasonable turn-around time
Deadlines are often tight and the very minimum turnaround time (for a text of up to 6,000 words) is a couple of days. However, we do not recommend leaving it so late. The more time you can give us, the better the result will be (and we don’t charge by the hour). Longer manuscripts such as a thesis or book of 150 pages will typically take at least a week to complete.
PhD students read more about how we can help you with your thesis.
Everyone is different. Some manuscripts only need a final proofread, others need more thought and time. Authors tend to think their text just needs a quick polish, while editors groan in despair. To keep things simple, we use the number of words in the manuscript to calculate the total cost. Your word processor can automatically tell you how many words there are in your paper.
Say only what needs to be said
The American Psychological Association offers the following advice:
Say only what needs be said. The author who is frugal with words not only writes a more readable manuscript but also increase the chances that the manuscript will be accepted for publication.
Concise Rules of APA Style, American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, 2010, p.16
It should be noted that a tight and concise text will also cost you less. Full details of rates are available on the Rates page.
Estimates, invoices and payment
We supply a written estimate on receipt of the final manuscript. For long texts, payment may be required in two instalments. In this case, work will start following payment of the first instalment. The second payment will be due on completion. Short manuscripts are invoiced on completion.
Payment can be accepted by bank transfer (euros) or PayPal (any currency).
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