Proofread or Perish: Editing your scientific writing for successful publication

Perhaps the consequences of neglecting to proofread and edit scientific writing may not be quite as catastrophic as my heading implies, but viewed from a perspective focussed on successful publication, they can be most unpleasant and are best avoided. The concept of publish and perish is certainly truer than ever, and increasing numbers of scholars face extremely stiff competition for the limited space available in the best scholarly journals. In such a climate, acquisitions editors are inundated with far more submissions than they can publish, and only the most accomplished scientific writing finds a home in those top-tier periodicals. The key, then, is to ensure that writing submitted for publication is designed to catch the discerning eye of an acquisitions editor in all the right ways. helps scholars do just that by offering Academic and Scientific Proofreading and Editing Services via a team of experts who are professionally trained to polish journal articles to the highest scholarly standards.

Accomplished scientific writing is, of course, primarily the product of sound and innovative research. However, the stellar quality of an author’s research may never be identified by an acquisitions editor if more immediately visible aspects of his or her writing are problematic or simply unimpressive. Virtually every scientific journal, for instance, provides detailed instructions or guidelines for authors who are preparing their writing for publication. These guidelines must always be followed with precision and consistency throughout a paper, though many authors do not give them the close attention they require. If guidelines are not observed with meticulous care, the neglect will be blatantly manifest to acquisitions editors and can establish a valid reason for rejection. Such neglect can even imply that the author is unable to attend to details with accuracy – an impression no scientist would wish to create. Yet some instructions are complicated and confusing, and deciphering them can at times be as frustrating as perfecting their application. If you find yourself struggling with publisher guidelines, remember that the Scientific Manuscript Editing Services available at can be most helpful. As holders of postgraduate degrees in a wide range of areas, our editors are familiar with not only the standards and conventions of scientific writing, but also the guidelines of scientific journals, and they are perfectionists by nature.

Language that is unclear and incorrect is another common reason for rejection of an article before its content has been seriously considered by an acquisitions editor. It is no easy task to write clearly and correctly and still more challenging to write eloquently when the goal is to communicate complex material and sophisticated ideas to readers with varying interests and educational attainments. Yet complexity and sophistication, like accuracy, are hallmarks of scientific writing, and few scientists would claim to be expert writers. At we provide the highest quality English Language Editing Services, and scholarly writing is our specialty. All of our editors and proofreaders are native speakers of English who know exactly how to check and correct grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling to ensure that scientific writing effectively reports the procedures, findings and implications of advanced research with clarity and subtlety.


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One Response to Proofread or Perish: Editing your scientific writing for successful publication

  1. Trevor Caddies says:

    Ive no idea how or what to do, i would like advice on when and how i can begin submitting articles? Please. Thanks Chow

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