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Academic papers can be challenging to write, especially for non-native English-speaking authors, since it requires the use of a specific kind of language. Consulting a professional language editor, such as those at Elsevier Language Services (ELS), can help improve your manuscript and boost your chances of publication.
Here are some key benefits of using a professional service, like ELS, to edit your manuscript:
The expertise of an editor
Editors have a deep understanding of academic language conventions and the publishing landscape. Therefore, they can significantly improve a manuscript’s spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. Moreover, most ELS editors have PhDs¹. They are familiar with technical language and abbreviations in their field of expertise. Therefore, they can also help improve the clarity of ideas expressed in manuscripts.
Consider the following sentences²:
- The pt. presented with several microfractures in the femur
- The patient underwent PT for three months before readmission
The same abbreviation (PT) was used in both sentences, but it stands for ‘patient’ in the first and ‘physical therapy’ in the second. An editor with field expertise can accurately identify the intended meaning in such cases. Further, a professional editor’s niche expertise means that they understand the best practices³ and crucial requirements for publication in leading journals. This could increase your chances of successful publication.
Instantly eliminate common errors
Experienced editors are familiar with recurrent mistakes in manuscripts and are proficient at spotting them.
For example, incorrect use of the hyphen (-) is common in scientific writing. Consider the following sentences, one in which hyphen is necessary and the other where it is not⁴:
- The 65-mg pellets were dropped into the ferrous sulfate solution
- Pellets, each weighing 65 mg were dropped into the ferrous sulfate solution
A professional, such as those who work with ELS, would be more aware of these issues and can help you quickly rid your manuscript of common errors, saving you a great deal of time and effort⁵.
Attention to nuances of language
Elsevier’s professional English-speaking editors can go deeper into the text, understand the author’s ideas and opinions, and provide suggestions that are more in line with the author’s personal preference. At the same time, our doctoral dissertation editing service lets you choose between British English or American English styles to meet publication requirements.
Consider these sentences⁶:
- We mixed the solutions with a glass rod
- We mixed the solutions with an adhesive
In the first sentence, the glass rod was used to only stir a mixture of solutions. In the second, an adhesive was added to the solutions. Understanding the nuances of language used is essential for comprehending the differences here.
Improve your language skills
Consulting with editors at ELS can do more than polish your current manuscript. Elsevier’s editors provide insightful and comprehensive suggestions that can help improve your academic writing and professional communication skills in the long term. Therefore, ELS lets you continuously improve your chances of publication and increase the impact of research globally.*
Guaranteed protection for your data
While AI-based editing may be prone to data breaches⁷, you can be confident that your manuscript is safe with professional editing services. All editors at ELS sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that your unpublished research is protected¹.
Just like every research project is unique, so is every manuscript. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to language editing. Consulting an experienced language editing service like ELS can provide you with a tailor-made solution for your specific needs to maximize your chance of publication and the impact of the paper afterwards. The language editors at ELS are some of the most experienced in the industry. We have been helping researchers get published for over 140 years and would love to work with you! Read more about Elsevier Language Services.
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