Timothy DeVinney, Freelance Health Science and Medical Editor
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Your publications are your most important avenue to having an impact and creating a legacy for your research and other endeavors; as a freelance editor at HealthSciEdit, I can help you ensure that your article or book reaches your readers as quickly and effectively as possible.
The right level of edit for your work will depend on what you request and what your article or book needs, to be ready for publication.
A light edit is suitable for an article or book that is complete and well-prepared already, but which needs a final check for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting to make it ready for publication. This also involves a fresh reading by someone outside the research and writing process who may see things you have missed simply because you have been looking at the text for so long and you only see what you think you have put there (but may not have). This will probably include the following:
►Final corrections to grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage of common and technical terms;
►Styling of terms and units of measurement; spelling (e.g., British vs American English), capitalization, hyphenation, and abbreviations; and formatting of headings, lists, and references, so they are consistent with the desired style;
►Quick check to ensure all parts are there and consistent with cross-references (e.g., if the text says, "See patient demographics in Table 1," does Table 1 show patient demographics?);
►A final reading to check that nothing is missing and that readers will not be confused by what you know you mean, but what they may read differently;
►One round of cleaning up the article or book after author replies to queries from the editor.
Prices for this level of edit are shown in the Fees for a light edit section, below.
This is usually the appropriate level of edit for most articles and books before publication. It includes everything listed for a light edit, plus:
►Rewriting (as little as possible) phrases or sentences that have a structure that may be confusing to the reader, or that involve bad parallelisms or other inconsistencies;
►Checking that data are consistent among tables, figures, illustrations, maps, and text;
►Basic fact check for accuracy of terminology, dates, names of people and places, quotations and their attributions, etc., against standard reference works;
►Correction of reference citations in text (correct order of numbering for Vancouver style; correct format of author names and publication dates for Harvard style);
►Correction of the order of tables and figures, reformatting of tables and figure legends, completion of source notes for tables and figure legends;
►Querying permissions that may be required to reproduce tables or figures, and producing a permissions list;
►Correction of the formatting of references to match the target publication (journal or book publisher; Vancouver, Harvard, or other style);
►Checking the accuracy of entries in the References section, against Library of Congress, Medline, or other online catalog (this involves an extra fee);
►Creation of a stylesheet to guide the further production stages for your work;
►Two rounds of cleaning up the article or book after author replies to queries from the editor.
Prices for this level of edit are shown in the Fees for a medium edit section, below.
Everything listed for light and medium edits, plus:
►Extensive reordering and restructuring of text, so that an article, e.g., is consistent with the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion format; or so that book chapters are logically and consistently ordered without excessive repetition;
►Rephrasing of badly translated sentences into correct English, smoothing of transitions from one sentence to the next;
►Completion of an Abstract if required;
►Finding and inserting missing elements of entries in References;
►Unlimited rounds (for the same text) of cleaning up the article or book after author replies to queries from the editor.
Prices for this level of edit are shown in the Fees for a substantive edit section, below.
In addition to the different levels of edit, I can provide the following services (fee to be agreed based on work required):
►Check for plagiarism using an online checking site.
►Help with letters to editors at journals or acquisitions editors at book publishers.
Depending on exactly how much work needs to be done (based on my free evaluation form) and what you would like to have done, the following fee schedule is a starting point for reaching agreement between the editor and client regarding the fee for the job:
Based on 18 years of experience with evaluations made and jobs completed, I would expect my fee for a light edit to start at (exceptional needs will command a higher fee):
►per 250-word page: GBP 7.50, USD 9.98, EUR 8.43
►per word: GBP 0.03, USD 0.04, EUR 0.033
Based on 18 years of experience with evaluations made and jobs completed, I would expect my fee for a medium edit to start at (exceptional needs will command a higher fee):
►per 250-word page: GBP 12.50, USD 16.50, EUR 14.80
►per word: GBP 0.05, USD 0.067, EUR 0.06
Based on 18 years of experience with evaluations made and jobs completed, I would expect my fee for a substantive edit to start at (exceptional needs will command a higher fee):
►per 250-word page: GBP 16.00, USD 21.25, EUR 18.00
►per word: GBP 0.06, USD 0.09, EUR 0.07
Send a sample to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will complete and return a free evaluation form and price quote.
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