Why do we charge by time and not by the page? Our clients have all levels of English expertise and editing a poorly written page can take 3 or 4 times longer than editing a well-written page. Charging per page would adversely affect those who have better English skills. Similarly, even a perfectly written manuscript that requires no editing will incur a charge since it takes time for us to go through the writing and perform all our cross-checks.
KEYS to PUBLICATION
What are the essential keys to getting a paper reviewed and published? It is important not only to submit the strongest possible manuscript but also a convincing submission letter outlining to the Editor and Reviewers why your study should be published in that journal. Essential Keys to success in this:
In the submission letter, be sure to include a paragraph summarizing the findings of your study and why that is of importance to the journal and its readership.
If possible, cite relevant papers on your topic that have been published in that journal and mention those in the submission letter.
Follow all journal formatting instructions carefully (to avoid speculation by the Editor and Reviewers that the paper has been submitted to another journal and rejected).
Take care to minimize grammatical and spelling errors and other mistakes in the manuscript (Reviewers often feel that a carelessly written paper reflects a carelessly performed study).
Follow all online submission instructions and provide all forms necessary (to avoid delays in consideration of the manuscript).
What are the essential keys to getting a paper revised and accepted? It is important not only to submit the strongest possible revised manuscript but also a convincing response letter outlining to the Editor and Reviewers why your manuscript has been suitably revised and improved and should now be accepted for publication. Essential Keys to success in this:
In the response letter, be sure to note that you have responded to all comments and suggestions and list any major changes (new data, Figures, Tables, etc).
Be sure to identify any modified text in the revised manuscript, by different color and/or underline if the journal allows, otherwise note all page and line numbers following each response.
Diplomatically respond to each comment and suggestion by each Reviewer, even if you disagree with it.
Make suitable change(s) in the manuscript for each suggestion, even if very minor; Reviewers are usually not happy if their suggestions are ignored completely.
Follow all instructions about resubmitting your revised manuscript and provide all files necessary (to avoid delays in reconsideration of the manuscript).
What are the critical elements to write an effective Abstract? There are 2 basic types of Abstracts required for journals and for meetings: Structured (with subtitles such as ‘Background’, ‘Goal’, etc) and Unstructured.
However, the common elements to both types of Abstracts are a sentence or two introducing the Background of the study, followed by a statement about the Goal of the study and the Approach used. The major Results of the study should be noted followed by a statement of the Conclusion(s) reached.
The word and/or character limits often dictate how much detail you can provide but avoid adding too many details of the methods, treatments, etc, that aren’t critical to understanding your study and its results. Readers can get those details at the meeting or by reading the full paper and listing those details actually breaks up the flow of thought and reduces the impact of your Abstract.