Are you a physician or nurse that stays busy in the clinic, but has a story to share? Or are you a researcher with a stack of papers to write while trying to simultaneously work on your new grant, mentor students, and spend time in the lab? Don’t let your hard work remain unpublished when scientific and medical editing can help.
Our medical editing service is performed by a dedicated team of Scientific and Medical Editors. Our team consists of over two hundred Masters, MD, and PhD level professionals in a variety of scientific disciplines. We can match you to the right editorial partner to help you at any stage of the medical editing process, whether you haven’t started writing or you are polishing your completed manuscript for submission or resubmission.
What can scientific and medical editing do for me?
Our medical editors work with you to achieve important milestones for in medical editing for all types of manuscripts. A professional medical editor can help you to:
- Format your manuscript to comply with the target journal or agency submission requirements. This includes formatting your manuscript to the journal style (such as APA, AMA, IEEE, or others) and ensuring it has the appropriate headings and subheadings, which vary by publication.
- Correct spelling and grammar issues to ensure quality and readability. For authors that are not native English speakers, the content is indistinguishable from that written by native American or British English speakers.
- Ensure clarity and readability to present your findings clearly, including checking and suggesting citations and appropriate presentation of statistics.
As part of our premium services, our editorial team can also help you submit your manuscript, develop its scientific and statistical content, and respond to questions during the peer review process.
What Can I Expect When I Purchase Medical Editing Services?
After you place your order and upload your manuscript, our managing editor will contact you within 24 hours and assign your manuscript to a medical editor with expertise your field. The medical editor will then carefully read your manuscript start to finish, making changes to improve grammar, spelling, and readability. If you have chosen our premium services, we will also check citations and make suggestions to improve overall content presentation, order, and clarity.
You will receive a marked-up version of your file using Microsoft Word track changes (called “.DOC” or “.DOCX” files) to highlight the changes the editor has made. Your manuscript will also include detailed comments to communicate with the author about any ambiguous issues that still need resolution.
The editing process is collaborative. That is, the editor will make suggestions to in track changes and leave comments when needed. You will have the chance to respond to any comments or changes that the editor has made. You will also have the final say in manuscript, and we encourage you to carefully read through the edits to ensure that they accurately reflect your intended meaning. The editor will also leave comments requesting that the author respond to any issues that the editor was not able to understand or correct on the first round. Finally, the editor will deliver a clean version ready for journal submission.
What Kind of Comments Will an Editor Make?
As the medical editing is a collaborative process, the medical editor will communicate with the author directly using comments placed in the manuscript. In addition to simply making grammar and spelling suggestions, editors often make comments such as:
- “Please ensure your intended meaning has been maintained by this edit”
- “Please define this acronym or abbreviation”
- “Your meaning here is unclear. Please check that the revision is consistent with your intended meaning”
- “Please be consistent with the style of headings. Some journals request a specific style, so please review the journal guidelines.”
- “The use of ‘respectively’ requires a parallel list, e.g., Samples A, B, and C were 100, 90, and 80%, respectively. Please omit ‘respectively’ or restructure the sentence to create a parallel list.”
- “It is unclear what ‘it’ refers to in this sentence. Please replace ‘it’ with the correct noun.”
- And other helpful editorial comments.
The purpose of medical editing is not only to correct the document to meet the journal’s standards and get the document published, but to build a collaboration that will help you to publish better quality work, faster and more efficiently—which means more time to focus on your research or clinical practice.