Writing your article is simply the beginning of the road to publication. The next phase of bringing your article to life involves editing. Most researchers, especially ESL researchers, are seeking experts to help them at this stage in the process. Professional proofreading services can help you to carefully check the accuracy and consistency of your writing and formatting, correct errors and suggest possible improvements. After using a professional editing service researchers often feel more confident in the work that they submit.
By using a professional proofreading service your research will be presented in a more professional manner. In fact, no peer-reviewed publication is unedited. As you embark on the editing phase of your manuscript there are a number of key elements that you must keep in mind before contacting a professional proofreading service.
What kind of timeline are you working with?
Are you in a rush to get your publication out or do you have time to work on the revisions? These questions will help you determine what kind of service you need, as most proofreading services offer different turn around times depending on how much you pay.
How long is your article?
The cost of your editing service depends on the length of your article. It is important to make sure that the length of your article complies with the journal guidelines and that after your edit is complete you double check your final word count.
What level of editing do you need at this stage in your writing?
Some manuscripts require extensive editing and formatting help, while others only require a simple proofreading correction. By determining this beforehand you will know what to ask for when you contact a professional proofreading service. In addition, it is important to make sure that you have edited it as far as you can edit it before turning it over to the professionals.
Are there any special requirements?
These can include style issues, such as the journal guidelines, whether you are using British or U.S. English and even reference formatting. All of these factors should be considered when you submit your manuscript to a proofreading service.
You do not have to worry about having all the specifics solidified in advance, but if you start to think about some of these elements before you contact a professional editing service you will be ahead of the game.