English Language Editing

Make the best first impression with your manuscript by ensuring that your scientific data is communicated clearly and effectively. Choose our English Language Editing service to ensure that language will not be a barrier to publishing your research.

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For enquiries, please contact us at languageediting@spandidos-publications.com

We have a large range of possible turnaround times for you to choose from: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, 6 days, 8 days, 10 days, 12 days  or 15 days.

Editing Services Available

Service Type Standard Premium
Edited by: An editor An experienced senior editor
Re-editing: No free re-editing offered for any changes and/or additions made after the manuscript is returned to you Two rounds of free re-editing for any changes and/or additions made, up to 10% of the original word count, within the next 183 days
Service includes: Correction of erroneous word choice, sentence construction, punctuation, article usage, grammar, and consistency throughout your manuscript Everything included with Standard, plus attention to the flow, structure and style of your manuscript. The editor will also highlight certain scientific problem areas and make context-related suggestions.


For both services, you can expect the following:

  • Fast and reliable turn-around time
  • • Editors selected with relevant scientific and technical expertise
  • • Manuscript edits made by English-speaking professionals
  • Feedback from your editor(s) to help with future writing projects
  • Re-editing if manuscripts are rejected by reviewers based on poor English language
  • Confidential handling of your data.
  • Certification confirming that your manuscript was edited by one of our highly trained, English-speaking editors.


Our standard service offers an affordable and comprehensive level of editing by a scientific editor, who will ensure that the spelling, grammar, terminology and phrasing are of a high standard.

Our premium service adds an additional level of proofreading and offers you a further assessment of the language and flow of the document. The senior editor will assess the flow of your manuscript and the clarity once the English-language has been corrected.


Any general comments that will be useful for your current or future manuscripts will be noted in your manuscript using the “Comments” feature on Microsoft Word, as well as recommendations for areas that require improvement in clarity.

The English language usage will be tailored according to our professional in-house style unless the manuscript is additionally submitted for manuscript formatting with a particular journal style requested (please see “Manuscript Formatting” for further details of this service). In addition, please state whether the use of American or British English is preferred.


Please ensure that you accurately calculate the number of words in your manuscript in order to select the correct price-band. For further details regarding the calculation of an accurate word count, please visit the “Pricing and Payment” section of our website. We do not edit the references / bibliography, therefore these are not considered when generating a word count. Please include any figure legends or table headings in the word count. If there may be any other areas of the text that you do not wish to be edited, these should be clearly highlighted using the “Text highlight” function in Microsoft Word, and clearly explained to our editors when uploading the manuscript. These words should not be included in your word count. Please consider that substantial areas of text that are excluded from our editing service could result in a certificate not being provided for your manuscript.


Please note:
Any discrepancies in the word count can be easily resolved; however, your project will not be initiated until the correct payment for the selected service has been received.

 

English Language Editing

Make the best first impression with your manuscript by ensuring that your scientific data is communicated clearly and effectively. Choose our English Language Editing service to ensure that language will not be a barrier to publishing your research.

For enquiries, please contact us at languageediting@spandidos-publications.com

We have a large range of possible turnaround times for you to choose from: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, 6 days, 8 days, 10 days, 12 days or 15 days.


We offer two tiers of editing service:

Standard: Proofread and edited by one editor
Premium: Proofread and edited by an experienced senior editor


For both services, you can expect the following:

  • Fast and reliable turn-around time
  • • Editors selected with relevant scientific and technical expertise
  • • Manuscript edits made by English-speaking professionals
  • Feedback from your editor(s) to help with future writing projects
  • Re-editing if manuscripts are rejected by reviewers based on poor English-language
  • Confidential handling of your data.
  • Certification confirming that your manuscript was edited by one of our highly trained, English-speaking editors.


Our standard service offers an affordable and comprehensive level of editing by a subject editor, who will ensure that the spelling, grammar, terminology and phrasing are of a high standard.

Our premium service adds an additional level of proofreading and offers you a further assessment of the language and flow of the document. The senior editor will assess the flow of your manuscript and the clarity once the English-language has been corrected.


Any general comments that will be useful for your current or future manuscripts will be noted in your manuscript using the “Comments” feature on Microsoft Word, as well as recommendations for areas that require improvement in clarity.

The English language usage will be tailored according to our professional in-house style unless the manuscript is additionally submitted for manuscript formatting with a particular journal style requested (please see “Manuscript Formatting” for further details of this service). In addition, please state whether the use of American or British English is preferred.


Please ensure that you accurately calculate the number of words in your manuscript in order to select the correct price-band. For further details regarding the calculation of an accurate word count, please visit the “Pricing and Payment” section of our website. We do not edit the references / bibliography, therefore these are not considered when generating a word count. Please include any figure legends or table headings in the word count. If there may be any other areas of the text that you do not wish to be edited, these should be clearly highlighted using the “Text highlight” function in Microsoft Word, and clearly explained to our editors when uploading the manuscript. These words should not be included in your word count. Please consider that substantial areas of text that are excluded from our editing service could result in a certificate not being provided for your manuscript.


Please note:
Any discrepancies in the word count can be easily resolved, however your project will not be initiated until the correct payment for the service you select has been received.

 

Manuscript Formatting

Demonstrate to your future publishers that you have invested time and care in tailoring your manuscript to the specific requirements of their journal. Let our formatting service maximize the impact of your data and interpretation by presenting them in the most accurate, consistent and fluid style.

Each journal has its own formatting requirements. Our expert staff can save you valuable time by determining these requirements and subsequently preparing your document to the formatting style of the journal you wish to publish with.

What to expect:

  • Fast turn-around time and an affordable service, either alone or in conjunction with our English-language editing service
  • • Our editors will research and execute the formatting of your document according to your preferred journal style
  • • References, citations, preferred tenses, figures and figure legends, manuscript length and layout will be modified to your journal’s requirements
  • • Allow just 1 extra day for manuscript formatting when chosen in conjunction with our English-language editing service.

When submitting your manuscript, please detail the journal to which you are planning to submit to, together with a URL link to the journal’s formatting guidelines to avoid any discrepancies. These guidelines can usually be found in a “For Authors” section on most journals’ websites. We will use the URL link that you provide as our reference for formatting your text.

Figure Preparation

The figures in your manuscript are the best communication of your data, and should be the most prominent feature of your publication. Let us help you to present your figures in the clearest and most logical format, to ensure that they are the highlight of your manuscript.

What to expect:

  • • Great rates, high quality, fast turn-around time
  • • Image composition from individual parts
  • • Sizing and resolution adjustments
  • • Legible, concise and appropriate figure labeling
  • • Ensuring consistency between the legend and the figure (if both are provided)

For custom projects (such as computer generation of hand drawn figures), please contact us to discuss your requirements and to receive a quotation.

Once the figures have been edited, it can be difficult to re-edit the figures yourself without the use of the same software. Therefore, we recommend that you submit your best version showing your intended layout. Images and photographs will not be manipulated in any way so as to distort or misrepresent any of the data. We will provide a flat TIFF or JPEG file of your final figure together with an editorial certificate. We will retain an editable (layered) file in case you need to revise a figure for a journal specifying a different style of labeling or figure size.


When submitting a figure editing, or combined manuscript and figure, project, please ensure that:

• You provide all figures in one of the following formats: .tiff, .jpeg, .pptx, or .docx. We will not accept figures in .raw or .pdf format.
• Each figure to be edited is provided as a separate file.
• All figures have a minimum DPI of 300. If your figure has too low or too high a resolution, we may not be able to edit it effectively.
• All figures have a maximum width of 20cm. If your figure is too large, we may not be able to edit it effectively.
• Any specific instructions are provided, either in the submission form under 'Further Information', or as a separate .docx file.
• If possible, please provide all original, layered images, as well as a final version/diagram depicting your intended layout.


We can work with most types of image and your draft versions of figure layout. We can work from Adobe® Illustrator and Photoshop files, and Microsoft® PowerPoint files (although we request that the original files used to produce them are also provided). We will work to ensure that the final version of a figure will present your data clearly and faithfully; any adjustments we make to images such as color balance/tone, color space, brightness and contrast, rotation and trimming to exclude irrelevant areas, unsharp masking etc will be applied to entire images or panels and not to individual elements within them. It will remain the authors’ responsibility to check and be completely satisfied that the version we offer is a correctly labeled, honest and accurate representation of the original images given to us, before submitting it for publication.

An example of what to expect from our Figure Preparation service is shown below:

Example of Figure prepartaion