Your Guide to Professional Scientific Editing

Keys to Success in Science Editing and Preparing Your Research for Publication

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Do you have important research to publish but need scientific editing to make sure that your paper is ready for publication? A study by Hugh Gosden entitled 'Research Writing and NNSs: From the Editors,' published in the Journal of Second Language Writing, that included 116 academic editors, determined that among the chief reasons that research articles are rejected were an incorrect use of grammar, unclear text and incoherent development of the topic. 

Therefore, it is critical to consider scientific manuscript editing services if you want the editors to seriously consider your submission. For many researchers, it takes time to become familiar with the scientific writing style and formatting rules. Often, time spent working on language revisions and formatting requirements can detract from other important work which we may have. A scientific editor can provide publication support services and help researchers accomplish their goal to publish quickly in a respected journal. In addition, there are a number of steps scholars can take to streamline the publication process and increase their chances of acceptance to the journal of their choice. 

Scientific Writing Tips

Your scientific paper should be:

  • Short – Avoid repeating yourself, and take out lengthy explanations of banal topics.
  • Simple – Don’t try to impress with complex examples. Get your message across in the simplest way possible.
  • Concrete – Avoid abstract or ambiguous phrases that could be misinterpreted; use strong language that doesn’t leave room for doubt.
  • Focused – Tell the story of your research, but keep your article concentrated on your results.
  • Self-Critical – Think about where your conclusions are uncertain and acknowledge where more research needs to be done (before someone else says it).


Scientific Editing Services

When you finish putting your first draft down on paper it’s time to step back and put yourself in the shoes of the scientific community reading your research for the first time. Before you go ahead and complete your first revision to the text be sure to ask yourself the following nine questions:

  1. Is your title clear and catchy?
  2. Are the objectives relevant to your intended audience?
  3. Does your article clearly show where others’ work ends and yours begins?
  4. Do your conclusions accurately reflect the questions you posed and all the findings of your research?
  5. Are the materials, variables, and techniques you used all explained succinctly and accurately?
  6. Are your figures and tables all relevant and clear?
  7. Have you used the correct voices and tenses throughout?
  8. Does your research article include any wishy-washy language such as “it appears that…” or “this gives the impression that…?”
  9. How do you think the scientific community will react to your research article?

Consider Scientific Editing Services

Scientific paper editing is about more than just polishing the language of your manuscript. A scientific editor should be able to provide you with an unbiased, external review in order to identify any ambiguities or more serious problems and provide suggestions for improvement. This is one way in which scientific paper editing services can help improve the publication process. Along with offering peer review and bringing your articles up to the required linguistic standard, a scientific editor can also take a third-party objective view of your research.

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