We edit your document to ensure that the spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and overall style reach the standard expected of an expert native English speaker (British or American, according to your requirements). We use several reference sources to ensure that the spelling and punctuation conform to a universally accepted standard and that all technical terms are used correctly: New Oxford English Dictionary, New Oxford American Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, Stedmans Medical Dictionary, the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the Oxford World Encyclopedia.
In rare situations where our editors are unfamiliar with a technical term that also does not appear in any of our reference sources, they will search the Internet to check that the usage is correct. If this last, less reliable check does not yield a clear result, the editors will suggest that you check the usage yourself.
We usually spend approximately the same amount of time editing each document (on a per-word basis). In cases where fewer corrections to the language usage are required, we spend more time analyzing potential areas of ambiguity in the presentation of the scientific content, and thereby reduce the possibility of such problems arising during peer review.
Examples of our work
Click on the links below to see examples of the three ways of viewing the document that we return to you:
This is an example document extract (the topic relates to mechanical friction).
This is the extract in its final edited form.
This is the extract with both the original and the edited text visible.
This view allows our clients to see the changes that we have made, which clients often find helpful when writing future documents.
In this example, deleted text is colored red and is crossed out, while new text is colored blue and is underlined.
We can provide you with a letter providing certification that your document has been edited by a native English speaker.
Some journal editors now ask authors to supply this type of certification when they are submitting a manuscript for publication.
Please note that we can only supply you with such a certificate if we have edited the entire manuscript.